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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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EUGENE WILLIAM KANSKY, M.D.


Dr. Kansky was born in Cleveland, Ohio on June 3, 1927, to William and Stella Kansky, their only child. He died July 3, 2013 in Los Altos, CA. He earned a Bachelors from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Ohio in 1948, a Masters in Biochemistry from Bowling Green University, Bowling Green, Ohio in 1950 and a Medical degree from Ohio State University School of Medicine in 1954. He completed his internship at San Francisco General Hospital and served as a physician in the U.S. Army in Stuttgart, Germany until 1958. He went to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI to complete a residency in psychiatry until 1961. After working several years at the VA Hospital in Menlo Park, CA, he went into private practice in Los Altos California where he continued until his retirement. He taught at Stanford University and served as chief of El Camino Hospital Dept. of Psychiatry from 1970 – 1971.

He served on numerous committees including for the American Psychiatric Association-APA, Santa Clara county alcoholism advisory board, and chairman of physician support at El Camino Hospital.

Awards he received include recognition for significant contributions to psychiatry by the APA January 1992, outstanding contributions to the Santa Clara Medical Association June 2004 and 2009, Committee person of the year 2007 for dedication to the national ethics committee, and recognition by the APA in Jan. 2010 for 50 years of service.

He married first, Joan Lanthier of Pompton Plains, NJ by whom he had two daughters, Karina, and Susan Kansky Lumb. In 1966 he married Jacqueline Pearl Fixler, adopting her three children, Claudia Kansky Peterson, Matthew Kansky, and Craig Fixler. He leaves behind his wife of 47 years Jacqueline, five children and nine grandchildren.

He was an accomplished wood sculptor and cabinet maker and enjoyed traveling the world with his wife, Jackie. He was a devoted husband, and loving father, and will be greatly missed.

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