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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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Seizing a window of opportunity: Merchant recalls early days in celebrating 20-year anniversary


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Select Windows Inc. owner Tony Rebagliati, foreground, celebrates 20 years of business in Los Altos this summer. Rebagliati has operated his business since 1997, with help from high school friend Dave Brumley, back.

Longtime Los Altos merchant Tony Rebagliati knows a thing or two about the panes and gains – pardon the pun – of running a small business.

Apparently, he knows a thing or two about longevity as well.

Rebagliati, owner of Select Windows Inc. at 394 First St., is slated to celebrate 20 years in business later this summer. And like so many others, Rebagliati recalled falling into his current occupation by happenstance.

A general contractor by trade, Rebagliati found his niche specializing in window and door sales and installations in Los Gatos and other South Bay cities. During those days, he added, it wasn’t uncommon to have two or three crews working simultaneously on different projects.

“In fact, it was most of my business,” said Rebagliati, who spends his days working alongside his Santa Teresa High School friend, Dave Brumley. “It’s just the way fate sort of directed me.”

His business became so successful, Rebagliati said, that he soon made the decision to open his own retail location. Soon after, Rebagliati opted to open his store in Los Altos after noticing a similarity in demographics with Los Gatos. He opened his doors July 1, 1993.

“Those were the days when you had to be (listed) in the phone book,” Rebagliati said with a chuckle. “It was scary, it was a risk. I was already in business for myself, but I’d never done retail before.”

Two decades later, Rebagliati said he has no regrets about his decision. These days, he said his daily goal is to make “people’s homes as comfortable as possible,” specializing in installations addressing issues such heat gains or losses, UV protection and noise reduction.

Most of the store’s business, Rebagliati said, now consists of working directly with developers building custom homes in the area. That’s a significant change from as recently as five or six years ago, he added, when his sales and installation orders consisted of a 50-50 split between builders and direct service to homeowners. Rebagliati attributed the changes to a struggling economy that has since started to pick up.

“There was a time when we could not even place the orders fast enough,” said Rebagliati, who is kicking off a sale at his store from mid-May through June to celebrate his 20 years in Los Altos. “I don’t see that happening again, but things are still good.”

Through profitable times – and lean times as well – Rebagliati noted that the one constant thread has been the store’s local support.

“Los Altos is a nice community,” he said. “It has definitely supported me and my family for the last 20 years.”

As for the future, Rebagliati has no intention of making changes to something that isn’t broken.

“I’m not ready to retire,” he said with a grin. “I’m just going to keep going. … Why stop a good thing?”

For more information, call 941-0744 or visit www.selectwindows.com.

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