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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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Books excite students about first day of school

The Town Crier asked the Los Altos main library’s children’s librarian Jill Lakstigala and teen librarian Sarah Neeri for recommendations on books that would spark children’s excitement about returning to school.

Their recommendations are available at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org.

• “Diary of a Worm: Teacher’s Pet” (HarperCollins, 2013) by Doreen Cronin

Grades K-2, 31 pages

Worm and friends learn their teacher is having a birthday. Will they find the perfect present for Mrs. Mulch?

• “My Homework Ate My Homework” (EgmontUSA, 2013) by Patrick Jennings

Grades 3-6, 214 pages

When Zaritza takes the class ferret home for winter break, she thinks she has an easy way to score extra credit. It’s not long before the ferret outwits her with surprise consequences.

• “Weird but True 4! 300 Outrageous Facts” (National Geographic Children’s Books, 2012) by National Geographic Kids

Grades 3-6, 206 pages

Learn true facts that are unbelievable, for example, ancient horses were the size of house cats.

• “Jake and Lily” (Balzer + Bray, 2013) by Jerry Spinelli

Grades 4-7, 335 pages

Twins Jake and Lily have always had a unique bond. They can finish one another’s sentences and sometimes share the same dreams. Entering sixth grade, Lily discovers that Jake is making new friends and wonders whether she will remain close to her brother.

• “Middle School: Get Me Out of Here!” (Little, Brown, 2012) by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts

Grades 5-8, 257 pages

Rafe Khatchadorian thinks seventh grade will be a breeze, but he is the new kid at school. It doesn’t take long before trouble finds him.

• “Linked” (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013) by Imogen Howson

Grades 7-9, 359 pages

Elissa has been suffering from nightmares and strange bruises. The doctors insist that nothing is wrong, but then Elissa learns that all her symptoms are part of her connection to her twin sister, raised by the government as an experiment. Together, the sisters are on the run, looking for a safe place.

• “Belle Epoque” (Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2013) by Elizabeth Ross

Grades 7-12, 327 pages

Maude runs away from home to Paris in 1888. Plain and poor, she finds work as a “repoussoir,” an ugly friend hired to make a socialite look more attractive by comparison. As Maude becomes closer to the girl she is hired to befriend, she has to decide whether to risk her job or push her new friend down an unwanted path.

• “Lexicon” (Penguin Press, 2013) by Max Barry

Grades 9 and up, 377 pages

Street-smart Emily is recruited by a school where words give you the power to control others, and Will is kidnapped by dangerous men who want to know what’s hidden in his mind. Emily and Will meet in Broken Hill, Australia, where words alone may have caused a terrible calamity.

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