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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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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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Rosemary McAndrews: Early local business leader, mentor to women


Photo By: Courtesy of PaloAltoHistory.com and Palo Alto Historical Association Archives
Photo Courtesy Of Paloaltohistory.com And Palo Alto Historical Association Archives Rosemary McAndrews oversaw a major overhaul of Stanford Shopping Center beginning in the mid-1970s.

 

Rosemary McAndrews, a self-made woman who emerged as a leader in business in an age dominated by men, died May 17. The Mountain View resident was 92.

Without any formal education beyond high school, the Butte, Mont., native successfully climbed the corporate ladder from the position of secretary at Stanford University to director of Stanford Shopping Center.

Smart, strong-willed and determined, Mrs. McAndrews made a notable impact in her many endeavors. As a property manager, she was integral in updating the name of Stanford Industrial Park to the current Stanford Research Park. At Stanford Shopping Center, she oversaw a major expansion beginning in the mid-1970s with a layout that realized her vision of a European street market. She retired in 1993.

Architect John Field recalled his collaboration with Mrs. McAndrews on the center as “one of the most creative” of his career.

Commenting on the website Paloaltohistory.com, Field said: “At that time (1970s), the center was a major holding of the university’s portfolio, and we were violating every rule used by the big developers. We were even told that without enclosing the center, no major retailer would put a store there. That took courage and conviction on Rosemary’s part.”

Prominent Palo Alto resident Boyd Smith, speaking at her June 6 service, described Mrs. McAndrews as a woman of "pluck and vision." He said she persuaded the men of major department stores in San Francisco to locate branches in a new mall at Stanford.

Mrs. McAndrews served the community in a number of roles. She was president of the Stanford Faculty Club as a nonfaculty member, headed the Stanford Historical Society and was a member of the Mountain View Visual Arts Committee.

“She was a mentor for women,” said her daughter, Lisa. “She was always advocating for women taking on bigger positions and earning better salaries.”

In her free time, she was an avid hiker who enjoyed art history.

“I admired her for creating friendships throughout her life,” said Lisa, who noted friendships that lasted 60 years.

Too poor to attend college, Mrs. McAndrews placed tremendous value on education, her daughter said.

“She made sure I went to college and to grad school,” Lisa said.

Los Altos resident Cathie Perga became friends with Mrs. McAndrews about 10 years ago, when they played bridge together. "I can tell you she was a formidable opponent," Perga said. "She and her partner, Elayne Woulfe, were almost impossible to beat."

Perga added: "Rosemary's wit was well known. Her conversation was such that you wanted more. She could come up with a great quotation, often Shakespeare, that was perfect for the situation!"

Lisa said her mother was in “fantastic shape” until the last six months of her life.

Mrs. McAndrews is preceded in death by her husband, John McAndrews. She is survived by her daughter Lisa McAndrews and three grandchildren: Evan McAndrews Frogley, Laurel McAndrews Frogley and Colin McAndrews McGuirk. Services were held June 6 at Stanford Memorial Church.

Her ashes were scattered last weekend along Waddell Creek north of Santa Cruz.

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