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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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Foothill Covenant increases visibility with facilities renovation


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Pastor Hans-Erik Nelson opens the new handcrafted wood doors, accented by stained glass panels, to welcome all to Foothill Covenant Church. Ellie Van HOutte/Town Crier

When Pastor Hans-Erik Nelson first came to Foothill Covenant Church in fall 2011, one of his first meetings dealt with growing the congregation. It seemed part of the problem was the appearance of the Los Altos church’s facilities and grounds.

A parishioner at that meeting commented, “No one even knows the church is here. They can’t see it.”

“It doesn’t look like a church behind all the bushes and fences,” said another.

So Nelson and the other church leaders are doing something about it. Utilizing a $200,000 reserve fund, the church is in the middle of an extensive facilities and grounds renovation to increase visibility – both literally and figuratively.

A big part of the plan was addressing the unintentional camouflage of the 50-year-old site, brought on by overgrown trees and facilities than had weathered and darkened with age.

The trees along Oak Avenue, planted for shade, had grown and spread until they obscured much of the view of the Church grounds for passersby whether walking or driving. The weathered wooden fence that protected the children’s playground resembles a dreary cage rather than a cheerful play area.

The buildings at the corner, originally the parsonage, now a residence for returning missionaries, blended into the neighborhood but hid the heart of the property - the church itself is set back on the site.

These issues are changing for the better, thanks to the work of a facility upgrade team led by Bob Matthews and Stan Ecklund. The key objective was to “let the sunshine in,” they said, to communicate their open and welcoming community.

The rejuvenation efforts are already clearly visible. If you are walking or driving by Foothill Covenant along Oak, look past the “Pardon Our Dust!” notice and you will see obvious improvements.

The Ladies Lounge better accommodates young families with comfortable chairs for relaxation and privacy for mothers who are breast-feeding. A matching changing-table makes necessary diaper changes easy on the back. The Sunday School area is bright and colorful, filled with toys and activities.

Nelson and his united parish invite the community to view the transformation as it takes place and to step in and enjoy the new ambiance. Sunday service is at 10:30 a.m.

Foothill Covenant Church is located at 1555 Oak Ave. For more information, visit foothillcov.org.

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