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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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Pinewood musical production recognized


Photo By: Emmy Copriviza/Special to the Town Cier
Photo Emmy Copriviza/Special To The Town Cier

Pinewood School’s April production of “The Sound of Music” drew sold-out crowds and was nominated for eight Bay Area School Musical Theatre Awards.

Pinewood School recently received nominations in eight different categories in the Bay Area High School Musical Theatre Awards for its production of “The Sound of Music.”

Nineteen private and public high school musical theater programs competed in the 2013 Stage Top Honor Awards, modeled after Broadway’s Tony Awards, featuring productions of “Legally Blonde,” “Into the Woods,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Cabaret” and “We Will Rock You.”

Pinewood’s “The Sound of Music” marked the school’s first three-campus production, including children from the Lower and Middle campuses to fill the roles of the von Trapp children.

Over its two-weekend run, the production filled more than 900 seats, selling out the Lohman Theatre at Foothill College for every performance.

Talmage Wise, nominated for Best Leading Actor for his portrayal of Captain von Trapp, is competing to advance to the National High School Musical Theatre Jimmy Awards in New York City in June. If selected, he will vie for a $10,000 scholarship and a talent scholarship to New York University.

“I’m so honored to be nominated along with this group of gentlemen,” Wise said. “I’ve had the pleasure to perform with a few of them at the Bay Area High School Musical Theatre Showcase this past January and they are truly talented. It’s just such a wonderful opportunity to even have the chance to go to New York City to compete in The Jimmy Awards. I’m truly blessed.”

Students nominated for the Bay Area Awards include Garrett Biggs in the Supporting Actor category for his portrayal of Max Detweiler, Haley Longbottom in the Featured Actress category for her portrayal of Liesl von Trapp and Carson Robinette in the Featured Actor category for his portrayal of Rolf. Veronica Boyce was nominated in the Student Technical Achievement category for her work as student technical director under the supervision of Doug Eivers.

Art teacher Jared Leake was nominated for Graphic Design for creating the poster and program. Shenelle Williams, music teacher for seventh- through 12th-graders, was nominated in the Hair/Makeup and Musical Direction categories.

Winners in all categories will be announced at the Fourth Annual Bay Area High School Musical Theatre Awards Gala, scheduled 7 p.m. Monday at the California Theatre, 345 S. First St., San Jose. The evening will feature performances by the nominated high schools. Wise is scheduled to sing “Edelweiss.”

For tickets to the 2013 Top Honor Awards Gala, visit www.thestage.org.

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