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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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DOROTHY W. BROWN

OBIT DorothyBrown

1919 - 2013

Dorothy Brown (“Nana”) passed away on July 30, 2013, three weeks shy of her 94th birthday. She was born on August 19, 1919 at the Palo Alto hospital to Charles W. and Josephine D. Wright.

 Her one sibling, Arthur Wright, preceded her in death. Dorothy was a loving mother to her daughter Dyan Hubb (Gary), grandmother to Lori (Jim) and David (Jamie), and great grandmother to David, Kelly, Molly and Stephen Rowse and Madelyn Hubb.

Dorothy was a lifetime resident of Palo Alto and Los Altos Hills. As a child, she grew up on the family’s apricot ranch in Los Altos Hills, riding her pony to and from the one room Purissima grammar school. She attended Palo High School where she met and married her high school sweetheart, Alan Brown.  They were married over 50 years when Alan passed away in July 1990.

Shortly after they were married, Alan enlisted in the Navy and Dorothy and Dyan moved to San Jose to live with relatives.  Dorothy immediately found work at the P.M. Mill to support her family and the war effort while Alan was away. Alan’s return to San Francisco on a dilapidated navy frigate was a story Dorothy loved to share with close friends and always brought tears to her eyes. After the war, Alan and Dorothy owned Brown’s gift stores in Palo Alto and Los Altos for 12 years and then Dorothy worked in the food service departments at both De Anza and Foothill Junior Colleges before retiring in 1980.

Throughout her life Dorothy’s passions included her family, her friends, and her animals. While living at her family ranch in Los Altos Hills, she surrounded herself with them all. She had a love of life that was infectious to all those around her, always up for an adventure, whether it be a late night ride on her horse, a weekend road trip to Tahoe or Fort Jones, or a 6 week journey around the US. And, though confined to a wheelchair in her later years, she always was ready to go wherever the road and her family and friends took her. Her unwavering love, kindness and enthusiasm are dearly missed.

Many thanks to the caring staff at Emeritus at Harden Ranch who cared so dearly for Dorothy in her final years.

Dorothy was interned next to her husband Alan at Alta Mesa Cemetery in Palo Alto. A celebration and remembrance of her life will take place at a later time.

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