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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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Local actress plays lead role in Albee play opening in San Francisco


Courtesy of Athea Lazara Photography
Los Altos Hills actress Taylor Brock rehearses her role as Stevie in the upcoming production of “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?” with co-star Richard Aiello.

The music of a melancholy tune Taylor Brock heard as a child during a Broadway production of “Oliver!” captured her heart.

When the actors performed “Where Is Love?” the Los Altos Hills resident knew she was destined for a career onstage

Brock’s mother and father were thespians who met while auditioning for a play on Broadway but eventually pursued other occupations. After a childhood in Buffalo, N.Y., Brock followed suit, forging a practical professional path for a young women of the time – nursing.

“They didn’t encourage me at all,” Brock said of her parents’ response to her interest in acting.

Only after working as a nurse, marrying and starting a family did Brock rediscover her love of acting – an artistic medium that seemed to be “in her blood,” she said.

With the support of her husband and two children, Brock works full-time as an actress, spending much of her time in Los Angeles doing guest spots on TV shows and in San Francisco performing in the theatrical productions.

Stepping onstage

When Brock steps onstage at San Francisco’s Phoenix Theatre next month to play a wife dealing with the upheaval of unexpected revelations in her picture-perfect family in Edward Albee’s “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?,” she will add another intriguing character to the long list of credits she has accumulated over her 25-year career.

Unlike her guest spots on TV series such as “Criminal Minds” and “The Bold and the Beautiful,” Brock will have an opportunity to delve deeply into her character in “The Goat,” scheduled to run Aug. 9 through 24.

Brock said she doesn’t simply memorize a script – she strives to understand why a playwright wrote the words for her character and what the deeper meaning of those words might be.

Her process should prove particularly advantageous as she prepares for “The Goat.” Brock noted that theatergoers should anticipate a play that challenges social norms.

“Expect to go for a ride,” she said. “The play should end with (the audience) thinking about how they would handle the situation.”

Although Brock has never experienced a situation similar to her character Stevie’s – a mother who struggles with the consequences of familial relationships when it is revealed that her husband is cheating on her and her son is gay – she said she relates to her character by calling on life experiences that evoke similar feelings.

“What would you do in this situation?” she asked of a sequence of surprising events that befall her character in the Tony Award-winning play, which debuted on Broadway in 2002. “She is a mother who was so happy, and then everything crumbles.”

In addition to preparing for her role in “The Goat,” Brock wears a second hat as co-producer of the play with co-star Richard Aiello.

As she balances her schedule among rehearsals, classes and auditions, Brock said she makes sure to spend quality time with her family.

Motivated by how much she learns about herself through each acting experience, Brock said she has no plans to step away from show business.

“It’s a passion,” she said. “There are going to be hard times and rejection, but if you love it … that’s what motivates you.”

For more information on Brock, visit taylor-brock.com.

To purchase tickets for the Member Production Code’s “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?” at the Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason St. in San Francisco, call (800) 838-3006 or visit thegoat.brownpapertickets.com.

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