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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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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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Kiwanis Club chips in to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus worldwide


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The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos has joined forces to help eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus by 2015. A woman in Ghana receives a tetanus shot to increase her chances of healthy future births.

A local community group is playing a role in erasing maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) worldwide.

Douglas Roberts, who serves as a director for the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos, said his organization is raising funds locally to help eradicate MNT as part of the Eliminate Project – an effort in partnership with Kiwanis International and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The international organizations founded the project in 2011 with the goal of eliminating MNT in impoverished areas throughout the world by 2015. The effort means Kiwanis International must raise $110 million to fund the hiring of medical staffs and provide tetanus vaccinations to more than 100 million mothers and babies.

The local group serves as a “model club” for the global campaign, pledging at least $750 fundraised per member for an overall club goal of more than $20,000.

So far, the club has raised approximately $9,000 – which includes personal commitments of more than $1,000 each by four members.

Among other things, the club donates one vaccination – at a cost of approximately $1.80 per dose – for every Christmas tree sold each holiday season at its local tree lot to support the project.

“We do a lot of fundraising that brings in money here and there, but this is our big one,” Roberts said of his club, known for sponsoring Los Altos’ pet parade each year. “This (project) is important – we want people to patronize our (Christmas) tree lot every year.”

Roberts added that his club is currently creating partnerships with local nonprofit organizations for the effort, leading to approximately $1,000 in cash and pledges received thus far. In addition, the club recently pledged to raise $150 per month earmarked for meals provided at weekly club meetings – and paid for through membership dues – in favor of a monthly potluck.

“We’re committed to bringing our own lunch,” he said. “The money we save will go to Eliminate (Project). We’re scratching for every dollar we can.”

Eradicating MNT

According to UNICEF, MNT infections are common in regions where childbirth deliveries typically occur in unhygienic settings. Worldwide, one baby dies every nine minutes from MNT.

Infections are caused when tetanus spores – found in soil – come into contact with open cuts during birth, leading to heartbreaking and debilitating effects, including painful convulsions and sensitivity to touch and light.

“There are babies dying all the time and it’s a painful death,” said Roberts, a 10-year member of Los Altos Kiwanis. “In fact, it’s so painful that the mothers can’t even touch their babies – they can’t comfort them at all. Can you imagine? There are these unsanitary conditions where babies are born on a dirt floor, the umbilical cord gets cut and it picks up the bacteria. The only way to properly protect the mother and child is with this inoculation.”

To date, the international project has seen its fair share of early success, raising approximately $27 million in cash and pledges through February toward its overall goal. According to Kiwanis International, the effort has led to the elimination of MNT in nine countries – including seven in 2012 alone. Still, 30 countries remain where MNT is prevalent in the poorest communities.

Roberts said that while Christmas trees may be tough to come by in the spring, residents can contribute to the effort year round by donating through the Los Altos Kiwanis Club website.

“The (UNICEF) system is in place – they’ve done all the work creating connections in these countries. All they need now is the money to buy the vaccinations,” Roberts said. “They’re confident that they can eliminate this in the remaining countries in the world. … It’s a big deal.”

To donate or for more information, visit www.losaltoskiwanis.org. Donors can also send contributions to the Los Altos Kiwanis Foundation at PO Box 484, Los Altos 94023.

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