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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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MVHS French students take home national honors


Photo By: Courtesy of MVLA
Photo Courtesy Of Mvla

Barry Groves, superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, presents awards to the Mountain View High School students who competed in “Le Grand Concours.” Pictured, from left, are Jason Gravett, Charleen Wang, Sophia Karolczak, Sheila Steine, Alaisha Sharma and Groves.

More than 200 Mountain View High School students studying French participated in “Le Grand Concours,” a national contest that pits French students against each other in listening, reading and structures skills.

Marie Thuillier and Clotilde Grès, French teachers at Mountain View High, said they were thrilled with the experience and the results. This year, only students enrolled in French levels 2 through 5 Honors participated. The teachers said they hope all levels will participate next year.

Students who achieved the highest scores received medals and certificates of recognition last month. Alaisha Sharma, who takes level 2 French, earned a perfect score and ranked first nationally. Barry Groves, superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, presented Sharma with a gold medal and plaque for her achievement.

James Hulett and Ryan Tawbi received bronze medals with the highest score for level 3; Karina Fong-Hirschfelder earned a silver medal for level 4AP, ranking third nationally; and Justine Fanget recorded the highest score for level 5 Honors. Students in levels 2-4 received a total of 21 bronze medals.

When presenting the awards, Groves reminded students of the importance of learning a language in today’s world and encouraged them to remember that communication is more important than verb conjugations.

“I believe that learning multiple languages is an essential skill for the 21st century,” Groves said. “I am delighted that so many of our students are enrolled in world languages and excelling.”

Donations from parents, the Parent Teacher Student Association and the MVLA district fund students’ participation in the national contests in French and Spanish.

The American Association of Teachers of French sponsors “Le Grand Concours.”

“As the president of the Northern California AATF chapter, I am really proud to have our students participate in this contest, and I thank our parents for their generous donations,” Grès said.

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