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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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LASD students compete in Junior Olympics


Photo By: Craig Carlson/Special to the TOwn Crier
Photo Craig Carlson/Special To The Town Crier Gardner Bullis School sixth-grader Taylor Mozart competes in hurdles.

Los Altos School District fourth- through sixth-graders competed in the 53rd annual Junior Olympics April 27 at Mountain View High School.

Events included the 400-meter relay, the 75-yard dash, the 60-yard hurdles, the standing long jump, chin-ups, jump rope, the softball throw and the basketball free throw.

According to organizers, the annual program encourages participants to strive to perform their best and stresses good sportsmanship and the importance of healthful competition.

Records set at this year’s games include:

• Almond School sixth-grader Alan Guo jumped rope 145 times in 30 seconds, beating the previous record, set in 1984, by 20.

• Almond fifth-grader Dean Tan jumped rope 114 times in 30 seconds, beating the previous record, set in 1995, by nine.

• Covington School fifth-grader Annika Coleman completed 28 chin-ups, beating the previous record, set in 2002, by two.

• Gardner Bullis School fourth-grader Laura Mackenzie completed 24 chin-ups, beating the previous record, set in 2001, by one.

• Almond fourth-grader Jamie Baum threw a softball 129 feet, beating the previous record, set in 1990, by a little shy of 3 feet.

• Springer School fifth-grader Milana Sarathy completed the hurdles competition in 9.0476 minutes, beating the previous record of 9.25 minutes.

• Santa Rita School fourth-grader Charlie Kinne completed the hurdles in 9.1584 minutes, beating the previous record of 9.23 minutes.

Relay records

Students set records in this year’s relay races, as well.

Girls: Oak Avenue School’s fourth-grade White Team beat the previous record by 0.33 seconds, its fifth-grade White Team beat it by 0.48 seconds and Loyola School’s sixth-grade Red Team finished 0.26 seconds ahead of the record.

Boys: Loyola’s fifth-grade Blue Team beat the standing record by 1.43 seconds, its fifth-grade White Team beat it by 0.54 seconds and Oak’s fifth-grade Red Team finished 1.49 seconds ahead of the old record.

For more photos from the 53rd annual Junior Olympics, click here.

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