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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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St. Francis High golfer Xu to play in First Tee Open


The First Tee of Silicon Valley is sending three golfers – including St. Francis High’s Nancy Xu – to compete in this weekend’s 2013 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. The Champions Tour event, scheduled Friday through Sunday, will be televised internationally on Golf Channel.

Xu (from Sunnyvale), Michelle Xie (Palo Alto) and Bryan Yan (Fremont) join 78 participants from First Tee chapters for the event, in its 10th year. A national panel of judges who evaluated playing ability, comprehension of life skills, character and education selected Xu, Xie and Yan from nearly 150 applicants.

“I was extremely excited and stunned when I heard I was accepted into the First Tee Open,” said Xu, a senior. “It was a dream that I have had for six or seven years; at the instant I received the acceptance email, I almost couldn’t believe that I had fulfilled that dream. I love the First Tee of Silicon Valley. For me, it will always represent a lot of the happy times I had as a little kid, playing in The First Tee golf team, having fun in the Girls’ Golf tournaments, and going as a group to watch The First Tee Open.”

Xu has been playing tournament golf for approximately six years. She took her initial First Tee of Silicon Valley class seven years ago at age 9, and, like Xie, has completed four of the five levels. She also is active in the American Junior Golf Association, through which she has established a fundraiser that benefits The First Tee of Silicon Valley.

Xu – who enjoys playing the piano and drawing in her spare time – said the money she raises “will not only support the funding of First Tee of Silicon Valley, but also make an impact on other juniors as well.” She added that the proceeds “will help juniors that are talented young men and women who have a desire to better their life through playing junior golf and earning a college golf scholarship.”

Xu and the other participants will be teamed with 81 Champions Tour players and 162 amateurs as they compete for the pro junior title at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Del Monte Golf Course. Play will be conducted on Pebble Beach Golf Links and Del Monte Golf Course on Friday and Saturday, and the final round is set for Sunday on Pebble Beach.

Executive Director George Maxe was excited by the news that The First Tee of Silicon Valley – one of 188 chapters around the country and in select international locations – is among only a handful of chapters with more than one representative.

“We’re thrilled to have Michelle, Nancy and Bryan playing in this year’s tournament,” he said. “All three are longtime participants of The First Tee of Silicon Valley and excellent representatives of our organization and all that it represents – core values, exceptional character, good etiquette and adherence to the rules of golf.”

For more information on the event, visit thefirstteeopen.com.

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