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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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Gardner Bullis students learn stewardship through environmental restoration project


Photo By: Courtesy of Town of Los Altos Hills
Photo Courtesy Of Town Of Los Altos Hills

Gardner Bullis School sixth-graders collaborate to restore Adobe Creek at Edith Park.

The town of Los Altos Hills recently received more than $83,000 from the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s Environmental Enhancement Implementation Grant Program. The funds will be used to restore Adobe Creek at Edith Park to its native riparian habitat and to provide educational outreach to local students.

Debbie Pedro, planning director for Los Altos Hills, and Jon Laslett, project manager at the Santa Cruz-based habitat restoration firm Ecological Concerns Inc., collaborated to secure the grant and plan the project.

The native habitat in Edith Park had become overgrown with invasive species, compromising the area’s biodiversity. By removing invasive species and planting native varieties, the project aims to increase native plant diversity along the restored stretch of Adobe Creek and boost habitat quality along the wildlife corridor. The installation of native plants was finished in mid-December, and maintenance and monitoring of the work will continue through 2016.

Up the street from the restoration site, Gardner Bullis School’s sixth-graders have been studying environmental sciences all year and partnered on the community project. Ecological Concerns conducted planting demonstrations and lessons in ecology onsite.

The curriculum came full circle when 51 students planted approximately 600 native plants in just two days.

“This was an excellent opportunity for our students to experience the science curriculum in context by exploring local ecosystems while serving the community and the environment,” said Gardner Bullis Principal Courtney Cadwell.

The water district awarded $3.4 million in grants for projects that span the Central California region. Since 2000, 385 acres of tidal and riparian habitat have been restored in Santa Clara County. The program has resulted in the protection of endangered species and the creation of safe passage for fish native to California’s waterways.

For more information, visit www.valleywater.org.

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