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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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Community Briefs

Library sponsors Mengele discussion

The Los Altos Library has scheduled forensics expert and Evergreen College biology professor Mark Okuda to discuss “Twins from Brazil: Joseph Mengele, ‘Angel of Death’” 7 p.m. July 3 in the Program Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Adolf Hitler hired Dr. Mengele for the sole purpose of studying the biology of twinning. Hitler’s hope was that through human experimentation on twins, Mengele would be able to create an Aryan race that would dominate the world.

When World War II ended, Mengele sought refuge in South America. Is it coincidence that a small town in Brazil has, to this day, an unusually high rate of twin births?

For more information on Okuda, visit bioscience48.blogspot.com.

For more information on library programs, visit www.sccl.org/losaltos.

LA Library encourages summer reading

The Los Altos Library has scheduled a summer reading program for all ages at its main and Woodland branches.

Those who sign up for the program will receive a bag full of giveaways and be entered in weekly drawings for prizes that include free books and gift certificates to local shops and restaurants.

Readers who complete at least five books by Aug. 31 will be eligible for the Los Altos Library’s grand prize, a Nook e-reader, and the districtwide grand prize, a Google Nexus 7 or an iPad Mini.

Participants must register online to be eligible for the drawings. To register online, visit www.sccl.org/adults2013.

For more information, stop by the reference desk at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, or the Woodland Branch, 1975 Grant Road.

EcoCenter hosts Baylands exhibition

Earl Junghan’s watercolor paintings of the Baylands are scheduled for exhibition through Aug. 28 at Environmental Volunteers’ EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

A public reception for the artist is slated 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the EcoCenter.

A percentage of sales will support the work of the nonprofit Environmental Volunteers in educating adults and children about the flora, fauna and value of the Baylands in the local ecosystem.

For more information, call 493-8000 or visit evols.org.

History Museum offers ‘Place to Call Home’

The Los Altos History Museum’s current exhibition, “A Place to Call Home: Two Centuries of California Living,” runs through Oct. 6.

With images, text and artifacts intended to spark interest in local history as shown through the evolution of the typical single-family home in California, the exhibition includes an overview of changes in architectural styles, forms and functions, materials and use of space indoors and out.

For more information, visit www.losaltoshistory.org.

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