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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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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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ROBERT GAYLE SHRIVER

Robert Gayle Shriver, 60 yr resident of Los Altos, passed away peacefully at home on January 29, 2013. He was just one week shy of 96. Beloved father of four, Bob is survived by his children: Carol Dulleck (Dean), Joan Vennetti (Richard), Mary Ota (Ken) and Bob, Jr. (Jean), as well as 9 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Born Feb. 5, 1917 in Freedom, PA, Bob, as he was known to family and friends, attended the University of Pittsburgh as an engineering major, where he met and married Anna Maryetta MacKenzie. Married nearly 70 years, his beloved wife passed away in March of 2010.

Bob was employed by Westinghouse, initially in Pittsburgh, PA. Having decided he enjoyed the bay area its climate after spending the better part of a year on a project in Berkeley, Bob transferred to the company’s Sunnyvale location. His business travels took him to Europe and Japan, and he loved sharing stories of his experiences. His accomplishments were many, and he retired in 1980 as Operations Manager after 41 years of service to Westinghouse.

Bob was an avid follower of both Stanford and Pitt football. In earlier years, he liked fishing, and watching the sport of boxing.

Enjoying an early retirement at 63, Bob and Maryetta traveled extensively both within the United States and Europe. They delighted in crisscrossing the U.S. by car to visit friends and family. They also loved exploring England and other parts of the UK, as well as Germany, Switzerland, Italy and France.

Bob had a passion for building things, and found relaxation in tinkering under the hood of a car. Weekends and summers found him and the family up at one of the 3 mountain homes in Calaveras County which he designed and built over the years. He also enjoyed woodworking and was always building a mantel, desk, etc for one of his children. His many projects around his residence led his children to call him “Mr. Winchester”, from his adding on to the house, remodeling the kitchen, and the patio room addition where all enjoyed many family dinners in the summertime.

Active member in the congregation at Christ Church of Los Altos, Bob served on the Vestry for a number of years, and was often an usher. Services were held there Feb. 7, 2013. He will be greatly missed by friends and family.

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