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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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Senior author showcases limited-edition books at local Litquake event


Courtesy of Moldaw Residences
Former Los Altos resident Frederica Postman, who now lives at Moldaw Residences in Palo Alto, creates limited-edition artists’ books like “The True Collector.” She showcased her talent last month at Litquake Palo Alto.

Former Los Altos resident Frederica Postman discussed her limited-edition artists’ books last month at the second Litquake Palo Alto, a festival of books, community and ideas held at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center.

Postman, now a resident of Moldaw Residences in Palo Alto, has enjoyed writing and expressing herself through art. After publishing and selling three limited-edition artists’ books on various topics, she is quite familiar with the book writing and publishing processes.

Her works, however, may not be familiar to the everyday reader. She creates specialized books that are produced in small editions and often as one-of-a-kind objects referred to as “uniques.”

“These can be hard to describe,” Postman said. “They are handmade books – literally, works of art – and the collectors who buy them treat them as such. They are not just something you take out of a library.”

Postman was a letterpress printer for 50 years, so she began creating the books herself with artist Bonnie Stone, who illustrated them. Together, they completed the entire printing process and would sell their painstakingly crafted masterpieces.

“The True Collector,” for example, is a handmade book assembled alphabetically about particular things people collect, with a short essay on each letter. Postman and Stone created only 100 copies, which sold out at The Woodlands Museum in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago.

“The entire process of these literary pieces of art coming together is like watching your child grow,” Postman said. “The end result brings tremendous satisfaction and pride. It’s work, but it’s also great pleasure.”

Postman had attended previous Litquake events in San Francisco to celebrate all kinds of literature. She said she appreciated participating in one closer to home – Moldaw residences is adjacent to the Oshman center.

“We are proud to have such renowned and accomplished authors like … Frederica living here at Moldaw,” said Miki Raver, lifestyles services director at Moldaw Residences. “And we’re thrilled to be connected with the JCC offering this Litquake Palo Alto event for the second year. It’s a great opportunity for our residents and the community to enjoy.”

For more information on Litquake Palo Alto, visit paloaltojcc.org/litquake.

For more information on Moldaw Residences, call (800) 873-9614 or visit moldaw.org.

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