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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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Alpaca at Almond School adds up to fundraising success


Photo By: Diego Abeloos/Town Crier
Photo Diego Abeloos/Town Crier

Almond School Principal Nancy Davis cozies up to an alpaca named Baby. Fulfilling a promise to students, Davis kissed Baby to mark their fundraising success.

Continuing an eight-year Almond School tradition, students spent three weeks in March donating spare change to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Pennies for Patients” fundraiser.

The campaign raised $8,379, which when combined with matching funds from an anonymous donor resulted in a total donation of $16,758.

Almond was the top fundraising school in the Bay Area this year and set an all-time “Pennies for Patients” record in the Bay Area.

As promised for topping the 2012 fundraising total, Principal Nancy Davis and teacher Pam Sanderson kissed an alpaca at the school’s weekly assembly. The alpaca, named Baby, was on loan for the occasion from the Little Explorers Mobile Petting Zoo.

Coordinated by the school’s student council, students employed numerous creative fundraising strategies and incentive programs to best last year’s efforts.

In the past couple of years, Almond has had two students diagnosed with leukemia, according to teacher Sarah Hall.

Hall said the campaign really hit home for students.

“We raised over $7,000 last year. We raised the bar this year to raise at least $7,500,” she said. “With the incentive of the anonymous parent donor, the students were very motivated and rose to the challenge. They have proved to the community that no matter what age, we are all empowered to make a difference. The students are very proud, we are very proud.”

Davis said the project proved a valuable experience for students.

“It taught them that they can make an important difference in the lives of others,” she said. “It is gratifying that our students’ efforts are benefiting an outstanding organization like The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.”

“Pennies for Patients” is among the society’s slate of national School & Youth Programs that raise funds to find cures for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma and to provide information and support services to patients and their families.

For more information, visit www.schoolandyouth.org.

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