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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's Ritz-Carlton serves menu of summer events

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe has scheduled a variety of summer experiences and outdoor activities geared to guests of all ages.

From al fresco dining on the Backyard Terrace to interactive cooking classes, lawn games and guided daily hikes, options abound for resort guests.

“Summer is a popular time to visit Lake Tahoe, and while our guests are with us, we want them to not only have an opportunity to relax, but to know that there are experiences right here at the resort for them to enjoy,” said Joseph Mattioli, the hotel’s general manager.

• Mountainside pool cabanas. The resort has added poolside cabanas that include personalized service for up to four people.

• Outdoor games. Oversized versions of popular games including Jenga and Connect Four, as well as traditional games of croquet and cornhole, are offered on The Meadows throughout the season. A new bocce ball court opened earlier this month.

• Water activities. Guests can explore the shoreline from a kayak or paddleboard through Tahoe Adventure Company.

• Mountain sports. Guided hikes are available daily at the resort. Biking tours are offered through Tahoe Adventure Company.

• Tahoe Star Tours. On select dates over the summer season, Tahoe Star Tours features the Accent String Quartet performing live in the Butterfly Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe.

• Culinary adventures. Friday evenings buzz with live entertainment as guests watch the sunset and take in the mountain air on the Backyard Terrace with a signature Backyard Barbecue Family Cookout. Wind down the weekend at Manzanita with Whole Roast Sundays, featuring a pre-fixe three-course menu.

The resort’s culinary team hosts complimentary behind-the-scenes kitchen tours twice a week, as well as opportunities for children to make their own sundae creations and decorate cookies or cupcakes. Weekly cooking classes are offered throughout the summer.

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is located at 13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Court, Truckee.

For more information, visit ritzcarlton.com/laketahoe.

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