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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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Sports on the Side

TC seeks sports leads

Summer’s here, and that means the high school and college teams the Town Crier usually covers are on a break. The Town Crier sports department doesn’t go on a break, though, and is on the lookout for summer sports stories. If you or someone you know is participating in a sport this summer, please contact Pete Borello for a possible story. Call 948-9000, ext. 315, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Coaches wanted

Mountain View High seeks assistant football coaches (experience preferred) for varsity and frosh-soph. Send resumes to head coach Shelley Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him at (408) 688-6165. Los Altos High needs a frosh-soph boys basketball coach. Send resumes to athletic director Kim Cave at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to varsity coach Bob McFarlane at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

SFHS alums hit links

The St. Francis/Holy Cross High School Alumni Association has scheduled its fifth annual golf tournament June 14 at Santa Clara Golf & Tennis Club. The shotgun start is slated 1 p.m. and the reception and dinner (featuring prizes, raffle and awards) 7 p.m. on campus. Entry fee is $150; proceeds benefit the school’s financial aid program. For more information, call alumni director Greg Calcagno at 968-1213, ext. 293, or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Travel team tryouts

Peninsula Baseball Club of Los Altos Hills has scheduled tryouts next month for its 2013-14 travel baseball teams. The season runs July through May. Tryouts for the 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U and 16U teams are Sunday and the 13U and 14U tryouts are June 30 at Purissima Little League Fields, 27500 Purissima Road, Los Altos Hills. For more information, contact Melonie Quintell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Soccer sign-ups

Registration is open for AYSO Region 43’s fall soccer season. The region serves boys and girls in grades K-12 who live in northern Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. AYSO follows six philosophies: everyone plays, player development, positive coaching, good sportsmanship, balanced teams and open registration. To register or for more information, visit ayso43.org.

Circuit race seeks sponsors

Sponsors are sought for the third annual Foothill College Circuit Race, “The Learning Curve,” scheduled July 14 on the campus in Los Altos Hills. Foothill College and the Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club host the bicycle race, which raises funds to construct a multiuse bike and pedestrian path encircling the 122-acre campus. Organizers seek a title sponsor ($5,000), individual race sponsors ($300-$1,300) and prize sponsors (product donations). In return, sponsors will have their names/logos printed on the back of race T-shirts and on banners around the course, and receive space for a product booth. If interested, contact Brenda Davis-Visas at 949-7033 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Tennis club invites members

The Los Altos Tennis Club seeks new members. The longstanding club schedules several tennis matches through the year, along with charity and social events. If interested, contact membership chairwoman Sherry Barba at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Special coaches needed

The Special Olympics of Santa Clara County needs coaches for a variety of sports. No prior coaching experience is necessary. For more information and directions to the office, call (408) 392-0170 or visit www.sonc.org.

Summer camp sign-ups

Registration for Spartans Sports Camp’s summer program is under way. Directed by Doug Wiersig, the second-year camp is scheduled Monday through Aug. 2 at Mountain View High. It offers seven sessions of multisport camps (for those entering grades 3-6) and strength and agility camps (grades 6-12), and two sessions of sport-specific camps in basketball, soccer and baseball. In addition, there are advanced camps in girls volleyball and girls water polo, and a boys lacrosse camp. Cost is $195-$275; scholarships are available. Proceeds benefit Mountain View High athletics. To register or for more information, visit www.spartanssportscamp.com.

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