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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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ELIZABETH (BETTY) L. KEEGAN

OBIT ElizabethKeegan

Keegan, Elizabeth “Betty” Louise: Born December 9, 1924 in San Francisco to Rose Marie and John Edward McInerney, Betty died peacefully on August 7, 2013 in Saratoga.

She was preceded in death by her husband of almost 50 years, Richard “Dick” W. Keegan. A long time Los Altos resident, Betty and Dick moved to the Peninsula in 1953 from their beloved San Francisco, to raise their children in the sunshine.

Betty attended Jefferson Grammar School and Lowell High School in San Francisco. She was both a “hand” model and clothes model, and also worked for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company as a bookkeeper. She met Dick Keegan at a church social of the Basilican Club at St. Anne of the Sunset Catholic Church, where they were later married in May 1949.

She is survived by her three loving children, Bill Keegan (Cathy) of Orangevale, CA, Janet Black (Larry) of Lafayette, CA, and Lynda Duffy (Dean) of Los Gatos, CA, and seven adoring grandchildren. Betty is also survived by her devoted brother Jack McInerney, his wife Dolores, also previously of San Francisco, and their six children.

Betty loved her Irish heritage, her faith, butterflies, knitting and sewing, dogs, hamburgers, Sees candy with nuts and chews, and bourbon on the rocks. She and Dick maintained lifelong friendships with many of their friends from San Francisco and enjoyed dancing, playing bridge, and traveling together.

A vigil/rosary was held at the Los Altos Chapel of Spangler Mortuaries on Tuesday evening, August 13th. The following morning, a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Nicholas Catholic Church also in Los Altos where Dick and Betty worshipped for many years. Graveside services were conducted at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, or the charity of your choice.

The family would like to thank all those who attended the services and have offered their condolences. Betty’s kind and gentle spirit will long be remembered by those she came in contact with. She is now in God’s loving care where we know “all is well”.

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