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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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Doctor Noize aims to introduce children to opera


Photo By: Courtesy of Doctor Noize
Photo Courtesy Of Doctor Noize

Doctor Noize, also known as Los Altos native Cory Cullinan, second from left, developed his new opera, “Phineas McBoof Crashes the Symphony,” to appeal to children.

Los Altos native and children’s music entertainer Cory Cullinan recently launched a fundraising campaign to promote his lastest musical endeavor, a two-act opera exclusively for children.

Cullinan, professionally known as Doctor Noize, describes the opera, “Phineas McBoof Crashes the Symphony,” as an educational musical theater piece.

“This is my dream project,” he said. “I think kids are smartest and most open-minded when it comes to music, and it’s a mistake when adults compose and orchestrate only for adults.”

His aim, Cullinan added, is to expose children to the “wonders of orchestral music and the fine arts.”

Conductor Kyle Pickett will lead the Colorado Symphony Orchestra through recording, with opera singers Nathan Gunn and Isabel Leonard also committed to the project.

The plotline will appeal to children – monkey Phineas McBoof, who went missing at the end of Doctor Noize’s last album, has been found on an island, where he teaches the natives the “joys of orchestral music.” Phineas and his native band rehearse for a grand symphony, but the performance won’t happen if antagonist “Mama Meanie” (an evil bunny voiced by Leonard) has anything to say about it. Along the way, the audience will hear orchestral elements from sonatas to the sounds of the different instruments.

After composing the music and writing the script, Cullinan’s next challenge is to raise money to cover production and recording costs, estimated at $125,000. He produced a video highlighting the message of the opera, available in approximately two weeks to kick-start the campaign.

“Just because kids are young doesn’t mean they can’t appreciate orchestra and opera,” Cullinan said. “I think adults have a narrower mindset when it comes to music. If we can make kids excited about orchestra and opera, I think that’s great. It’s what I love to do.”

To donate and for more information, visit doctornoize.com.

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