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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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SHIRLEY M. CLARK


November 1, 1929 – August 9, 2013

Resident of Los Altos for 44 years, Shirley passed peacefully at home, surrounded by her loved ones, her books, and the many things she held close to her heart. Born Shirley Margaret Brown in Cordell, OK to Kenneth and Loreta Brown, Shirley moved to San Francisco after marrying James Clark in 1949. They relocated to Mill Valley in 1950, where they raised their four daughters until their divorce in 1966, and Shirley and the girls moved to the South Bay.

Shirley is survived by her daughters, Jamie Zamen of Mountain View, Kyle Taylor (Mark) of Cupertino, Becky Bahn (Jim) of Ben Lomond, and Beth Robles (Bob) of San Jose, as well as her grandchildren Rebecca Zamen, Garrett, Griffin and Hilary Taylor, Derek and Lindsey Bahn, and Ryan and Jordan Robles. Her sister, Barbara Reuter of El Reno, OK and nieces and nephew also survive her. She is predeceased by her grandson Tyler Zamen, and her son-in-law Mark Zamen.

From 1966 on, Shirley raised her daughters by herself, sometimes holding as many as three jobs. But she always found the time to expose her daughters to the world at large, with multiple visits to museums, the California missions, trips to the beach, and even political rallies. Shirley’s many passions included history (she stopped to read every historical marker she passed on road trips), Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, current events, the movies, her garden, her sewing, knitting, needlepoint and many crafts projects, her cats, and of course books of all kinds.

Shirley’s career was in hospital and medical office administration. She oversaw the transitions to automated billing at El Camino Hospital, Alexian Brothers Hospital, and many local medical clinics. She was the office manager at Camino Medical Group in Mountain View for many years, and because of her love of the movies, she owned and operated Video Land on Miramonte Avenue in Mountain View during the mid-1980s. 

The family would like to thank Dolores Regalado and her children for their love and care of “Grandma” for the last year and a half, and a special thanks to Garrett Taylor, Shirley’s grandson, for being her housemate, caregiver, and doting companion for the last several years. She loved you all so much. And thank you to the Sunnyvale Health Care Center, Pathways Hospice, and the Neptune Society for their help during this emotional time. 

To honor Shirley’s memory, she would want you to read a book. Services will be private.

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