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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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Abilities United celebrates 50 years, honors volunteers


Photo By: Courtesy of Wendy Kuehnl
Photo Courtesy Of Wendy Kuehnl

Los Altos resident Jeff Byron (standing), former Abilities United board president, and his wife, Debbie (in blue), attend the nonprofit organization’s 50th anniversary celebration April 25 at the Microsoft Conference Center in Mountain View.

Abilities United recognized the contributions of local volunteers and celebrated its 50th anniversary April 25 at Microsoft Corp. in Mountain View.

Lynda Steele, Abilities United executive director for the past 20 years, discussed the nonprofit organization’s accomplishments over the past half-century before a capacity crowd of 300. The theme, “United for Inclusion of All Abilities,” highlighted the organization’s commitment to help people with developmental and physical challenges by providing training, education and support.

The Palo Alto-based Abilities United (formerly the Community Association for Rehabilitation) was founded in 1963 by 12 families whose children had intellectual disabilities. The organization serves those with developmental (autism, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome and intellectual disability) and physical disabilities and those at risk of developmental delay.

Steele described Abilities United’s vision for the future and how it could be realized, noting that over the past 50 years, the organization has demonstrated the significant contributions people with disabilities can make in the community.

“Based on their needs to be the best they can be, they used the opportunities, resources and supports we created together,” she told supporters. “The dark ages of institutional care and exclusion from society are nearly over. We now want to build on this solid foundation. Help us work side-by-side with other organizations and individuals to ensure a future of full inclusion, where people with and without disabilities live, learn, work and play together.”

State Sen. Jerry Hill and Assemblyman Rich Gordon joined Steele in presenting the awards to individuals and organizations that significantly impacted the people Abilities United serves. Award winners included the Golden Gate Regional Center and the San Andreas Regional Center, the Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto, the Sobrato Family Foundation, the Jarrett family and volunteers Jane Mangold and Linda Vargas. Abilities United recognized Karen Denny, John Fort, Carol Gleason, Peter Leung and Pamela Newman for their 20-plus-year careers at the organization.

Art created by artists from Abilities United decorated the walls at the event. Featured artists included Michael Broadhurst, Judy Wachner and Nick Golick. Storyboards highlighted their histories and those of other longtime supporters, including Abilities United’s first employee, 95-year-old Marie Mong of Los Altos.

For more information, visit www.abilitiesunited.org.

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