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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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JANE RECKAMP SPRINGGATE

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Long time Los Altos Hills resident Jane Reckamp Springgate died in the early morning of September 7, 2013. She was 82 years old. 

Jane was born on July 19, 1931 in St Louis, Missouri, the second daughter of Norman and Mildred Reckamp. Jane graduated from Ursuline Academy in St Louis, and following graduation worked at Monsanto Company where she met James Springgate. They were married in 1955 and had two children, John Springgate and Ann Springgate. The family relocated to West Virginia for six years, moved back to St Louis for seven years, and then moved to Los Altos Hills in 1975.   

Jane was a devout Catholic and member of St. Nicholas Parish in Los Altos. She was active for over 30 years with the Palo Alto Auxiliary for Children (Allied Arts Guild), which benefits the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. Jane volunteered every Tuesday as a server and later as hostess at the Guild’s tea room. She enjoyed playing bridge, hosting dinner parties, and celebrating the holidays with her friends and family.  She and Jim traveled frequently, including several visits to Europe as well as trips to Japan, Korea, Alaska, the Caribbean, Australia, and New Zealand.

She is survived by James, her husband of over 57 years, her sisters Mary Louise Seyer and Maureen Frese, her brother Raymond Reckamp, her daughter Ann, her son John and his wife Lisa, her granddaughter Bridget Bush and her husband Philip Bush, and her grandsons James, Edmund and Charles Springgate.   

Jane will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

A funeral mass was held on Monday, September 9th at St Nicholas Church. Gifts of remembrance may be made in Jane’s name to the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, 400 Hamilton Ave., Suite 340, Palo Alto, CA  94301.

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