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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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Lake Tahoe at its best: Summer brings variety of activities


Photo By: Photos courtesy of West SHore Caf and Inn
Photo Photos Courtesy Of West Shore Caf And Inn

Scenic photos celebrate the summer appeal of Lake Tahoe, from a moonlit night to bike paths, paddleboarding, games and the annual Concours d’Elegance and Wooden Boat Week.

While Lake Tahoe draws Bay Area residents year-round, the summer months offer ideal weather, majestic scenery and adventures on land and water.

Lake views from sunrise to moonrise tempt the artist’s palette.

Off-road bicycle lanes surround the North and West shores, wending for miles and miles.

Perhaps the biggest draw is the 41st Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance and Wooden Boat Week, scheduled Aug. 9-13 at Carnelian Bay. For more information, visit laketahoeconcours.com.

Among Tahoe’s special summer activities is the annual ARTour, slated Friday through Sunday and July 19-21. For more information, visit www.northtahoearts.com.

The annual West Shore Home Tour, scheduled 1-5 p.m. Aug. 1, features private tours of four specially selected homes. The event is a fundraiser for North Tahoe museums. For more information, visit www.northtahoemuseums.org.

No Tahoe traveler’s checklist would be complete without a visit to Vikingsholm, the historical home built circa 1929 just off the beach of Emerald Bay.

The annual Lake Tahoe Shakespeare festival, which runs Friday through Aug. 25 at Sand Harbor State in Incline Village, Nev., highlights culture in the outdoors on the East Shore. For more information, visit www.laketahoeshakespeare.com.

As for the lake itself, boat and water-sport rentals are available in Carnelian Bay, Tahoe City, Sunnyside and Meeks Bay.

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