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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 Rotary Club members donate to local nonprofit groups


Photo By: Courtesy of Los Altos Rotary Club
Photo Courtesy Of Los Altos Rotary Club

A Community Health Awareness counselor works with a student. CHAC recently received a Rotary Club of Los Altos grant.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos recently awarded community grants to local nonprofit organizations, underwritten with proceeds from the 2012 Rotary Fine Art in the Park show.

A dozen groups requested more than $40,000 in funding during the spring application period. The Rotary Endowment Fund donated $10,835 to seven recipients in amounts ranging from $750 to $2,000.

According to Rotary officials, recent requests have run three to four times higher than the available funds. Community Grants Chairman Jerry Moison heads a committee of 12 Rotarians who select the recipients based on their services and need.

This spring’s grant winners and causes include:

• Community Health Awareness Council: Provides counseling for youth in grades K-12.

• STEM Summer Camps at Foothill College: Reinforces high school juniors and seniors, with a focus on female and underprepared students, in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math.

• Bus Barn Theater: Underwrites tickets for local students to attend performances of “The Fantasticks.”

• Vida Verde: Provides scholarships that allow low-income children to attend the outdoor environmental camp for students in grades 3-6 in San Mateo County public schools.

• Family Supportive Housing: Provides homework tutors for homeless children in San Jose.

• Music for Minors: Purchases pitch pipes for choral students.

• Child Advocates: Improves the reliability of its computers for programs that assist foster children.

The Los Altos Rotary Endowment Fund accepts community grant requests twice a year. The spring submission deadline is April 1 and the fall deadline is Oct. 1.

To access a grant application form, visit www.losaltosrotary.org/Production/LAREFguidelines.html.

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