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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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Community celebrates beloved teacher


Photo By: Photos Courtesy of Alanna Lanman
Photo Photos Courtesy Of Alanna Lanman Sue Prescott-Kavinoky celebrates her retirement with all five of the Lanman boys, whom she taught throughout the years. .

Sue Prescott-Kavinoky said adios to her teaching career last month after 45 years of service.

Former and current students, friends and community members gathered at Estrellita’s Restaurant June 2 to commemorate the veteran teacher’s career, many emphasizing the lasting impact of her instruction beyond the classroom.

Affectionately known as Frau Prescott or Senorita Prescott, Prescott taught German, French and Spanish to Egan Junior High School students – and over the years, their children and their children’s children.

“The lifelong impact Sue has had on thousands of students is remarkable,” said Alanna Lanman, whose five sons had Prescott as a teacher. “Her ability to teach Spanish (German until 1995 and French in the early days) to each and every individual student, while communicating a love for each of her students, earned her respect from every student she has taught.”

Lanman, who helped plan Prescott’s retirement celebration, added that the longtime educator’s teaching style was “remarkable.”

“Sue sets a high standard of discipline mixed with humor and humble confidence,” Lanman said. “She has had incredible success teaching what we all call her ‘Miss Prescott Method’ to five decades of students. It is such a shame she is retiring. Each of my five sons says Sue is absolutely the best teacher he has ever had, even through college.”

More than 350 former students, colleagues and parents packed the restaurant to honor Prescott and her legacy. Another 150 former students couldn’t make the party but sent messages of support and thanks. Students shared memories and made impromptu speeches. At one point, the guests rose in a standing ovation that lasted more than three minutes.

Former students testified to Prescott’s lasting impact.

“Thanks for showing that opportunity is ever present and ours for the taking,” wrote Mike Cardoza of Egan’s Class of 1984, in a letter. “Also, that not judging others is one of the highest forms of respect.”

Cardoza, a self-proclaimed study hall goof-off later studied German, graduated from Georgetown Law School, became a U.S. Marine Corps officer, served in Iraq and is now CEO of a financial services firm leading “an enormously happy life.”

“I can still say, after all the great educators I subsequently encountered in high school, at Yale and beyond, that I learned more from you than any other teacher I ever had,” said Fritz Lanman of Egan’s Class of 1995.

Prescott earned respect and admiration from parents as well.

“What a blessing to have two of our children learn Spanish under your command,” said Lee Luca. “You not only taught them the language, but a love for the culture. You also inspired them to work hard and reap the rewards.”

Former student Margaret Lewis made a tribute video for Prescott to celebrate her 40th year of teaching. To view the video, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1WWTb81Ctc.

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