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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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A touch of Gray : Former Cottage Green owner returns with European-inspired furnishings store


Gray opened her newest venture, Atelier Gray last week after a three-year hiatus from Los Altos.

A familiar face returned to downtown Los Altos last week.

Sylvia Gray, previously the proprietor of the Cottage Green on First Street (now the site of Bumble), opened the doors to her newest venture – Atelier Gray – Aug. 6 at 358 State St.

Similar to Cottage Green, owned by Gray for five years before closing more than three years ago, her new retail location offers an “edgier” blend of new and vintage European furnishings and decor, as well as handcrafted items from California artists. Gray described her shop as an “ongoing, changing workshop” and told the Town Crier that one of her goals is to stand out from the standard antiques store.

“Part of this business for me is (that) I really want to specialize in finding the unusual,” said Gray, who noted her penchant for repurposing vintage items, including a vintage French butcher’s rack that she fashioned into a bar in her showroom. “I want people to walk into the store and say, ‘I’ve never seen anything like that.’ … I don’t want to be formal – I want to be livable and current.”

Gray added that with a mix of old and new, as well as the repurposed, describing her new business isn’t always easy. She noted that while she has always been fond of European antiques, she also sought to support local artists when she started hunting for a new retail location a year ago. She said Atelier Gray accomplishes both of those desires.

“I’m not quite sure what I am. … I guess I’m just a unique, creative person,” said Gray, who worked as a corporate consultant before undergoing a career change and purchasing Cottage Green eight years ago. “This is eclectic. I’ve always wanted to be that way.”

For Gray, returning to the confines of downtown Los Altos is also a homecoming of sorts. She noted that while she hopes her wares appeal to a broad audience in Los Altos, she’s also seen many former Cottage Green customers walk through her new doors in the short time Atelier Gray has been open.

All in all, she added, the early results on her return to Los Altos have been positive.

“I’m here and I have a great following – which helps,” said Gray, who noted that she will occasionally feature items on consignment and enjoys finding specialty items requested by customers. “I’ve made a lot of great friends here. It’s just great to see some of my old customers.”

For more information, call 917-9788.

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