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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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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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WILLIAM E. SHINE


January 16, 1921 – June 30, 2013

Long time Los Altos resident, William E. Shine, died peacefully on June 30, 2013 at the age of 92 in Napa, California. Los Altos was his home for most of his life having raised his family there, as well as having had an office downtown where he was a stockbroker. The oldest of six children, Bill was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, graduated from Cathedral Catholic High School, and spent his childhood and teenage years there until his country called on him to serve.

Bill enlisted in the Army in 1942 and was deployed to the European theater in July 1944. Sergeant Shine was a surgical technician in the Company B 305th Medical Battalion and served with General Pat

ton’s Third Army in England and France. He was wounded in October 1944 near Metz, France and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. After months of convalescence in Ohio, Bill was honorably discharged in July 1945 and remained a hundred percent disabled veteran his entire life.

Bill was a graduate of the University of Notre Dame attending the university after WWII. Not

long after graduating Bill married Joan Baltz, also of Indianapolis, in February 1950. He had first seen California before the war while traveling with a friend and loved what he saw. Utilizing his sales skills, he convinced his young wife to move west with their first child. They settled in Los Altos in 1952 the year of the city’s incorporation. Bill and his wife, Joan, raised five children in Los Altos all of whom graduated from Los Altos High School between 1969 and 1977.

In 1981 Bill was the recipient of the Los Altos Board of Realtors’ Community Service Award and honored for his many civic activities including organizing the 1976 Bicentennial Parade celebrating the nation’s 200th birthday, and for leading the fund-raising drive for the fountain and redwood deck at the library as a 25th anniversary present for the city from the local citizenry. In 1979 Bill was fundamental in establishing the Music in the Air concerts presented by the music departments at Foothill College, Los Altos and then Awalt High Schools. When he received the award Shine was interviewed by the Town Crier and asked about his motivation for devoting so much time to community projects. He said then “If you have to think why, you’re in trouble. You do something for someone you love. I really love this city”. Bill lived in several other California cities after he retired, but Los Altos always held a special place in his heart.

Other than his love of all things Notre Dame, Bill was passionate about music and sports. As a boy he sang with choral groups and regularly sang soprano solos at Easter Sunday services in Indianapolis. He sang tenor in college and as a longtime member of the St. Williams Catholic Church choir. He also belonged to a barber shop quartet. Bill coached Little League teams before his sons were old enough and after they were through, and when

the major league Giants baseball team moved west from New York, Bill bought season tickets their first year at Candlestick Park in 1960. His children and grandchildren continue to enjoy those seats today.

Bill was preceded in death by his youngest child Monica Brooks, his parents Vaneta and William, his sister Rita, two brothers Donald and Patrick, and former wife, Betty. He is survived by the mother of his children, Joan Shine (Mountain View, CA), two daughters Joan Jones (Santa Clara, CA) and Theresa Swilley (Oakdale, CA), two sons William Shine, Jr. (Mountain View, CA) and Damian Shine (Alpharetta, GA), eight grandchildren, his brother Robert (Corvallis, OR) and his sister Mary (Indianapolis, IN). A memorial is scheduled for Monday, July 22nd at the Golden Gate National Cemetery Chapel in San Bruno, CA at 2:00pm.

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