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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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RUTH MIRIAM ABBOTT

OBIT RuthAbbott

Long time Los Altos resident Ruth Miriam Abbott passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 89 on Tuesday, August 20, 2013.

Ruth was born to Ruthanna and Jack Wright on November 16, 1923 in Safford, Arizona. She was the eldest of 3 siblings (William, Polly and Janet) all whom have preceded her in death. Ruth married Richard Abbott on November 15, 1944 in Washington, D.C, they had two children and were married almost 69 years, more than 50 of those years were spent as residents of Los Altos.

Ruth was a devout christian and active member of Union Presbyterian Church in Los Altos for many years where she volunteered her time organizing things from the children's department to spaghetti melodramas. Ruth was well known for her seasonal boutiques where she and many friends would sell handcrafted foods and items to a long list of regular patrons. She had a great time organizing and creating things for these boutiques and passed this creativity and enterprising spirit down to her children and grandchildren.

Ruth loved to spend her time gardening, cooking and sewing and more recently learned to knit. She was an avid reader and spent many hours each day reading and was always ready to tell others about the great book she was reading. She was a part of a book club and also occasionally wrote poetry when inspired, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by Richard, her husband of almost 69 years; her Son Tim and his wife Marsha; her granddaughter Rochelle and her husband John; and her Grandson Matt. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Sheryl Abbott who passed away from complications of cancer in 2007.

Ruth will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 11am on Wednesday, September 4th at the Union Presbyterian Church in Los Altos on University Avenue. All who knew and loved her are welcome.

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