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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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St. Francis students unite against bullying with green laces


Photo By: Courtesy of St. Francis High School
Photo Courtesy Of St. Francis High School

St. Francis High School senior Brianna Miller uses skits and discussions to encourage freshmen to join the Lace Up Stand Up campaign.

St. Francis High School students adorned their backpacks and wrists with neon green laces this year, embracing a novel way to unite against bullying.

Seniors spoke to freshman religion classes in May, introducing the message “Lace Up Stand Up.” Lace Up Stand Up is an organization aimed at empowering students to combat bullying. The group uses the green laces to promote awareness and to let others know that whoever is wearing them will stand up for bullied victims. Leaders teach students techniques they can use if they ever witness others being bullied.

“We want you to be that person who does the right thing,” said senior Brianna Miller to a class of freshmen.

St. Francis alumni Kyle Miller and Chris Barrett, who graduated in 2010, founded Lace Up Stand Up. Now students at the University of San Diego, Miller and Barrett wanted to teach bystanders what to say and how to say it when witnessing someone being bullied.

After spending several months fine-tuning the curriculum, Miller and Barrett introduced their program to several schools and groups in San Diego. The number keeps growing as they recruit ambassadors to lead workshops for youth organizations and schools, including St. Francis.

St. Francis Dean of Students Margaret Miller praised Lace Up Stand Up as a valuable program for students because it reinforces the school community’s values and trains older students to help younger ones deal stand up to peer pressure.

“We want our school to be an environment where all students can feel comfortable and thrive,” she said. “This program is special because not only was it started by two of our alums, it gives our students tools they can use to show leadership among their peers.”

Brianna Miller, Kyle’s younger sister and one of 20 Lace Up Stand Up high school ambassadors, said everyone can identify with bullying – as a victim, bully or witness. Brianna said she was teased when she was younger, so she is determined to teach others how to stand up for themselves.

Brianna and other ambassadors use skits and discussions to draw freshmen in and encourage them to join Lace Up Stand Up.

She said she’s optimistic that just as she and other seniors will take the Lace Up Stand Up message to their new college campuses next year, the presence of the neon green laces will continue to grow at St. Francis.

“We’re building leaders because we want the younger students to take over,” she said. “We want them to be able to use these skills all four years of high school.”

For more information, visit www.laceupstandup.com.

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