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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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ELSA DEL FRATE


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June 25, 1926 – June 13, 2013

Resident of Mountain View

 

Elsa Del Frate passed away unexpectedly but peacefully on June 13th, while on vacation with her family in Hawaii. A beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother, she was a guiding light to all who knew her. Spending time with and cooking for family and friends were her passions. She will be forever missed by all, especially those who were able to enjoy her incredible Italian cooking.

Born in Italy in 1926, Elsa spent a portion of her childhood growing up in Brazil. Returning to Italy in her teens, Elsa met and fell in love with Marino. The two were married on September 7th 1947, and began their life together that would last more than 50 years, until Marino’s passing in 1998. They left Italy in the late 1950’s with their 2 oldest children, first moving to Canada, and then on to the United States where they settled in Mountain View in the Fall of ‘67. Devout Catholics, Marino and Elsa began worshiping at St. Joseph’s Parish, and up until her passing, Elsa could be seen on her daily walk to Mass. Her generous support and work for both St. Joseph’s Church and School, and the Italian Catholic Federation were an inspiration for all.

She was preceded in death by her beloved Marino, son-in-law, Bill Puccetti and granddaughter Stephanie Del Frate. Elsa is survived by her children Marcy Puccetti, Pier Del Frate, Joanne MacDonald, and son-in-law, Todd MacDonald; her granddaughters Christina Linneman and husband James, Amy Randazzo and husband Brandon, Alexandra and Erika MacDonald; great grandchildren Sean, Evelyn, Jake, Sofia and Addison.

Services have been held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mtn. View. Funeral arrangements were coordinated by the Cusimano Family Colonial Mortuary, Mtn. View. Donations in Elsa’s memory may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church or School.

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