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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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Scouting News


Photo By: Courtesy of Irene Suzuki
Photo Courtesy Of Irene Suzuki

Joel Kitchen, from left, Zachary Ottoes, Josh Hantke and Mario Pelella III bring the total number of Troop 33 Eagle Scouts to 226.

Los Altos Troop 33 recognizes Eagle Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 33 honored four members for earning their Eagle Scout ranks in a ceremony at Los Altos United Methodist Church June 9.

To receive the Eagle designation, the highest in Boy Scouts, Scouts must earn 21 merit badges, perform community service, serve 12 months in a troop leadership position and complete a service project. The troop has produced 226 Eagle Scouts over the years.

The new Eagle Scouts and their projects:

• Josh Hantke refinished a wooden fence at Oak Avenue School, installing new decorative and protective fencing around a native plant garden and sculpture.

Hantke, son of Barbara and Alan Hantke of Sunnyvale, graduated from St. Francis High School and plans to study biomedical engineering at the University of Portland.

• Joel Kitchen contributed to the sports programs at the Gateway Neighborhood Center at Trinity Church in Sunnyvale. He installed flooring, refurbished exercise equipment and ran a volleyball camp for children.

Kitchen, son of Ellen and Keith Kitchen of Sunnyvale, will be a senior at Homestead High School in the fall. He tutors at the Gateway Neighborhood Center.

• Zachary Ottoes designed, supervised and constructed a native habitat garden at Blach Intermediate School for the Living Classroom Program.

Ottoes, son of Irene Suzuki and Scott Ottoes of Los Altos, will be a sophomore at Los Altos High School in the fall. Ottoes plays cello for the school’s Chamber Orchestra and the Los Altos Youth Chamber Ensemble, which performs at Los Altos’ First Fridays and other local events.

• Mario Pelella III restored and extended the Living Classroom garden at Springer School, installing fencing with wood reclaimed from picnic tables.

Pelella, son of Anne Marie and Dr. Mario M. Pelella Jr. of Mountain View, graduated from Mountain View High School.

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