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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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MARY HOGAN


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June 23, 1917 – April 15, 2013

Mary Hogan, a Los Altos resident since 1945, passed away peacefully on April 15, 2013 at the age of 95.

Mary Ann Marlowe was born on June 23, 1917, a fourth generation San Franciscan. She was raised in Honolulu until her high school years. Her family returned to San Francisco in 1931, and there she graduated from St. Peters High School and San Francisco City College. Mary worked for the Bank of America until the outbreak of the war in the Pacific in 1941. She was selected for service by the Women’s Air Raid Defense of the Hawaiian Islands at Pearl Harbor. There she met Navy Lieutenant John Hogan, a Palo Alto native and a Stanford engineering graduate, whom she married on Feb. 17, 1945 at Old St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco. They settled in Los Altos where they raised four children.

Mary was committed to volunteerism, serving as a scout leader and a member of the Stanford Hospital Auxiliary for twenty-five years, where she managed volunteers for the North ICU heart transplant unit. Widely recognized for her irrepressible Irish humor, she was an avid reader and an accomplished skier and tennis player who loved the outdoors, spending many happy hours in Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, Carmel and Hawaii. She was passionate about her garden and her pets.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband John, who died June 21, 1986, and their daughter Elizabeth, who died in infancy in 1955; older brother Robert Marlowe, and twin sister Helen Stockberger. She is survived by her son John Hogan (Cindia) of Los Alamos, NM; daughters Christine Hogan of Los Altos, Molly Hogan-Graham of Carson City, NV, and Ann Wilson (Jim) of Palo Alto; and grandchildren Molly Hogan of Los Alamos, NM; and John and Geoffrey Wilson of Palo Alto.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Saint Nicholas Catholic Church, 473 Lincoln Avenue, Los Altos, on Saturday April 27 at 1:00 PM. Reception will follow.

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