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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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Los Altos High School hosts Writers Week


Photo By: Town Crier File Photo
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During a previous Los Altos High School Writers Week, poet Joshua Blake Edwards discusses his craft with English students.

Los Altos High School students have an opportunity to interface with a lineup of professional writers, poets and journalists during the 28th annual Writers Week Monday through March 7.

The writers bring diversity in themes and genres. In addition to returning participants, first-timers will contribute their insights during the school’s yearly tradition of engaging all English students with noted writers from all walks of life.

The authors of fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, short stories, scripts, songs and blogs will meet with students and share their stories, their paths to becoming writers and the details of their writing processes.

Each Writers Week features an evening event open to the community. “An Evening of Pure Poetry” is scheduled 7 p.m. March 7 in Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave. Four Bay Area poets who represent a broad range of poetic forms and styles will read from their work and discuss the art of poetry. Featured speakers include Mario Chard, a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University; Paul Flores, a published playwright and nationally prominent spoken-word performer; Amy Glynn Greacen, whose poems have merited extensive publication and won many major awards; and Chinaka Hodge, an up-and-coming young poet who hails from Oakland.

The week’s events open with Los Altos High’s annual Poetry Performance Competition (“Slam”) 7 p.m. Friday in Eagle Theater. The event is open to the public. Admission is $3.

Writers Week is the only high school program in the country that annually invites more than 25 authors to address the students in every English class.

Two Stanford University writing programs, Stegner Fellows (poetry and prose) and Knight Fellows (journalism) collaborate with Los Altos High to facilitate the week. The Tracey Cullinan Memorial Fund helped establish Writers Week. Los Altos High parents, committed to the concept that learning is reinforced, enhanced and inspired by visiting writers, now fund Writers Week.

Past visiting authors have included Gail Tsukiyama, “The Street of a Thousand Blossoms”; Daniel Handler, “Adverbs”; Khaled Hosseini, “The Kite Runner”; Daniel Alarcon, “Lost City Radio”; Wallace Stegner; and Amy Tan.

“Writers Week began the Los Altos High tradition, which now includes Science and Tech Week and History Week, that creates a powerful connection between the classroom and the professional lives students will one day lead,” said Galen Rosenberg, English teacher and Writers Week Committee member. “Writers Week makes the learning in the classroom even more real for our students, and is a great opportunity for the whole community to participate in an LAHS event.”

For more information, visit www.mvla.net/lahs/Academics/English/Pages/WritersWeek.aspx.

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