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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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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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WILLIAM KAUFMANN


Bill Kaufmann was a gentleman, a publisher, a scholar, an essayist, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a golfer, a fisherman, and a friend. He was born December 18, 1925, in Oneonta, New York. He graduated from Stamford Central School as valedictorian of the class of 1943. He then served as an Electronic Technician’s Mate in the U.S. Navy, Pacific Theater, until May 1946. Grateful all his life for the GI Bill, he was awarded an AB degree in June 1951 by Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, with class honors in English Literature and Art, and election to Phi Beta Kappa.

After graduation from Hamilton College, he joined The Ronald Press Company as a college traveler in New England, the Middle Atlantic States, and Eastern Canada. In 1955 he was recruited by W. H. Freeman & Company as a Field Editor. He and his family relocated to Los Altos, CA., in 1962. At Freeman he served as Editor, Vice President, and President until his departure in 1971.

He launched William Kaufmann, Inc., in 1972 as a family enterprise, publishing a joyously eclectic assortment of projects (from the California Water Atlas to a wildly successful graphic calculus primer, to a richly annotated edition of The Hunting of the Snark), achieving profitability in its fourth year. He organized programs for the annual meetings of the American Library Association, courses about West Coast publishing for UC Berkeley, and basic publishing skills courses at University of Denver and Stanford University. He also conducted a fishing class at Stanford University.

In 1973 Bill accepted an invitation to serve as consultant to the Board of Directors of Annual Reviews, a highly successful publisher of unique scholarly volumes across a challenging array of sciences. From the mid-1970s to 1995 he served as Editor-in-Chief and interim EIC, guiding the organization into new fields and stabilizing its modernization. Throughout the publishing worlds touched by both William Kaufmann, Inc., and Annual Reviews, Bill was admired for his open-minded good sense, managerial patience, collegial fairness, and integrity. He enjoyed easy friendships with innumerable eminent scientists and educators. Bill was an accomplished fly fisherman and a founding member of the Mr. Flood Society. He was a passionate collector of rare (or sometimes just irresistible) books.

Bill married Virginia Marie Hanlon on December 31, 1945. They had two children: Gary, who died in 1967, and Gail, who is married to Thom Riley and has 2 sons, Ben and Thad. Bill loved being a Grandfather. He was happily married until Virginia died on December 15, 2005. Bill loved books, fishing, golf, baseball, ice cream, bananas and a good joke. On the afternoon of August 3, 2013, with his daughter Gail at his side holding his hand, Bill died, completing the life begun 87 years ago. In Bill’s heaven, the fish are always biting, and every golf ball obeys the strokes of a dauntless imagination.

At Bill’s request there will be no memorial service. Donations to Pathways Home Health & Hospice, 585 North Mary Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94085 are encouraged

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