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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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JEAN LONGSTRETH WHITE

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Jean Longstreth White died August 9, 2013 in Los Altos, CA. Her kind and generous heart couldn’t sustain her any longer, although it will continue to be an inspiration to family and friends.

She is survived by her daughter, Marilyn Waterman of Houston  TX, her son, Richard White of Los Altos, her granddaughters, Sara Waterman Hicks of San Antonio,TX, Lauren White of Seattle, WA, Katherine White of Oakland, CA, and her grandson, David Waterman of Houston, TX. Her loving husband of 59 years, Lester White preceded her in death in 2001.

Alice Jean Longstreth was born on August 31, 1917 in Richmond, IN. Her musical talents were evident at a young age -- she became an accomplished pianist, cellist and vocalist during her high school years. She attended Miami University and went on to nursing school at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, OH. She was working as an RN in San Antonio, TX in 1941 when her brother, Joseph introduced her to a fellow air cadet at Kelly Field, Lester White. They were married in March of 1942, just a few months before he left for European and North African WWII service. After military service they settled in Miami, FL and started a family. They later moved to rural, eastern OH in 1954 where she dedicated herself to supporting her husband and raising two young children on a working farm, sometimes on her own when her husband was traveling on business. Jean also returned to nursing part-time at the local county nursing home when her children were older.  

Upon retirement, they moved back to the place she really loved, Florida. There she enjoyed playing tennis, swimming and social bridge games with her many friends. In 2007, when her health required it, she relocated to Los Altos to be near family. Her ashes will be buried with her husband and parents in Richmond, IN in a private ceremony at a later date.

Her children feel so blessed to have had such strong and loving parents. Now Mom can rest in the loving arms of God with the spirits of all those who loved her. Her family would like to express their sincerest gratitude for the professional and compassionate care received by Jean from Bridgepoint of Los Altos, Vitas Hospice and the Morningstar caregivers in the final phase of her life.

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