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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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Special Sections

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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Partners for New Generations provides role models for students


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

De Anza College freshman Axel Cipres Perea, left, meets with her Partners for New Generations mentor, Sue Russell, for advice and encouragement. Cipres Perea is the first in her family to attend college.

When Axel Cipres Perea fell behind in her schoolwork at Alta Vista High School last year, mentor Sue Russell of Partners for New Generations was there to encourage her.

“Sue has always motivated me to do what I have to do,” Cipres Perea said. “She always pushed me to do my schoolwork first.”

Russell’s cheerleading helped Cipres Perea achieve new heights as the first person in her family to graduate from high school and attend college. She is now a freshman at De Anza College.

Russell and Cipres Perea met through Partners for New Generations, a Rotary Club-sponsored nonprofit organization that provides volunteer mentors for students in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District and tutors in the elementary and intermediate grades in Los Altos and Mountain View schools.

Mentors provide more than motivation to students – they serve as role models, supporters and listeners.

“With Sue, I can talk to her about anything and she won’t judge me,” Cipres Perea said. “I feel different with her. It is nice getting to know someone else who isn’t in your family. A mentor is someone who can listen to you any time you need.”

Students aren’t the only ones who benefit from the relationship.

“It’s a good feeling to have someone call you for advice,” said Russell, who has volunteered with Partners for New Generations for eight years. “Your mentee likes to see you and talk to you because maybe they can’t talk (the same way) with a parent or teacher. Everyone likes to feel appreciated or needed in some way.”

Partners’ tutors receive the same satisfaction.

A decade ago, empty-nester Wally Brunner sought a way to give back to the community. The former teacher turned to Partners and has tutored the same student for six years.

“It’s just been a terrific experience for me,” she said. “It makes my day. My student is so sweet, and I don’t have a daughter – she’s become a real friend.”

Not all tutors remain with their students for multiple years; many specialize in one grade level and help different students each year.

Donations from the Town Crier Holiday Fund will help underwrite the salaries of Partners’ three part-time coordinators, who help match mentors and students.

Those interested in becoming a mentor or tutor are invited to the Information Night, scheduled 6-7 p.m. Thursday in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Office Board Room, 1299 Bryant Ave., adjacent to Mountain View High.

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