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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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County recognizes Teachers of the Year

The Santa Clara County Office of Education recently named its 2013 Teachers of the Year, selected by their respective school districts. The county also announced the recipients of the 2013 Texas Instruments STEM Teaching Awards.

Teachers of the Year

• The Los Altos School District recognized Egan Junior High School science teacher Curtis Schneider, who initiated and organizes the student-staff golf tournament and the student-teacher chess tournaments each year. Principal Brenda Dyckman said Schneider is “outstanding and revered.”

• The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District selected Barbara Kaufman, a physical education teacher at Mountain View High School. Kaufmann is nationally board-certified and a member of the Mountain View High leadership team.

• In the Santa Clara County Charter School category, Bullis Charter School recognized teacher Jessica Lura. Lura has taught eighth-grade English and history at the charter school for eight years. Sharing the ideal of global citizenship is particularly important to her, as she spent time studying abroad in Denmark, Kenya, Costa Rica, Trinidad, Ecuador and India.

STEM Teaching Awards

For their efforts in teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, five county teachers, including two from local schools, each received $1,000 for classroom use.

• The county honored Gina Dunsmore, who teaches physics at Mountain View High, for her contributions to STEM education. She conducts a Walk on Water event annually, which requires students to use their knowledge of physics, design process and teamwork to engineer a device that enables them to walk or crawl over the surface of the school’s pool without the use of propellants or paddles.

• The county recognized Noirin Foy, who teaches algebra at Blach Intermediate School.

“(Foy) seamlessly incorporates technology into her instruction and student experience,” said Blach Principal Sandra McGonagle. “From mind-mapping how to solve challenging equations to creating personal online study guides, students are exposed to a wide variety of tools that individualize their learning and teach skills they can use in high school and beyond.”

The Santa Clara County Office of Education has scheduled its 44th annual Teacher Recognition Celebration Sept. 26 at the Heritage Theatre, 1 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell.

For more information, visit www.sccoe.org/trc/teachers/2013.asp.

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