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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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New fund supplements standard cancer treatments with healing touch


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Loved ones held a 50th birthday party for Los Altos resident Joanne Byrne last week, but the guest of honor was not there to celebrate. She died from cancer in 2011 at the age of 47.

Although the outcome of Byrne’s battle leaves friends missing her presence, her vision for providing comfort, care and companionship to single women during cancer treatment has been fulfilled.

To honor her memory, friends and family launched the Joanne Byrne Fund, under the auspices of the Los Altos Community Foundation, during the celebration.

“It was really her dream,” said Byrne’s best friend, Gabrielle Babin of Santa Clara. “She realized that she was lucky to have support. … There are lots of single women without this support.”

During her 2 1/2-year struggle with breast cancer, Byrne sought relief via energy therapy and massage – services not typically covered by insurance.

“The power of touch heals the body as well as the spirit,” said massage therapist Christina Keith, who treated Byrne.

Keith added that the healing therapies benefited Byrne as well as herself.

“I always left feeling better than when I arrived,” she said.

According to Byrne’s sister, Mary Hernandez-Byrne, the fund will call on practitioners and providers who “come highly recommended for their skills but equally for their heart” to identify single women who live or work in Los Altos, Mountain View or Palo Alto and might benefit from the fund.

Grants of $600 enable recipients to choose services such as massage, guided imagery and/or energy therapy that some cancer sufferers believe ease the pain and side effects associated with chemotherapy and radiation.

To alleviate what Hernandez-Byrne described as the “loneliness and stigma of a single person in a couple’s world,” the fund will also support recipients by providing transportation to treatments and appointments.

Donors have already contributed $100,000 to the fund.

“This is by far the most successful (memorial fund) we’ve had,” said Ray Lave, executive director of the Los Altos Community Foundation. “I don’t know how it’s going to turn out, it’s just clear that it’s a great asset.”

To donate to or for more information on the Joanne Byrne Fund, visit losaltoscf.org/joannebyrnefund.

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