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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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Schools Briefs

Foothill sponsors lecture on universe’s origins

UC Berkeley astrophysical theorist Eliot Quataert, Ph.D., is scheduled to present an illustrated, nontechnical lecture, “How the Universe Went from Smooth to Lumpy: The Modern Origins Story,” 7 p.m. today in Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Quataert’s talk, part of the 14th annual Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, will offer an overview of the modern understanding of the universe’s origins in astrophysics.

Quataert will describe how the universe has evolved to its current state, emphasizing how gravity reigns supreme and builds up the planets, stars and galaxies required for biological evolution to proceed. He will show how, in addition to their scientific importance, these ideas have far-reaching philosophical and religious implications.

Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking lots 1, 7 and 8 provide stair and no-stair access to the theatre. Visitors must purchase a parking permit for $3 from dispensers in any student parking lot. Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and quarters; bring exact change.

For more information, call 949-7888 or visit foothill.edu or astrosociety.org/education/silicon-valley-astronomy-lectures.

Egan schedules e-waste collection

Egan Junior High School has scheduled its annual e-waste recycling day 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the school’s parking lot, 100 W. Portola Ave., Los Altos.

GreenMouse Recycling will be on hand to collect e-waste items and ensure that toxic electronic waste is responsibly recycled.

Proceeds benefit Egan’s Science Department.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Speaker series hosts parenting author

The Los Altos-Mountain View School Speaker Series has scheduled Madeline Levine to discuss “Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success” 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in Los Altos High School’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.

Levine co-founded Challenge Success, a project of the Stanford Graduate School of Education, and authored “The Price of Privilege” and “Teach Your Children Well.”

Levine’s presentation will address definitions of success and the importance of skills based around creativity, collaboration and innovation, and provide research-based solutions for practical modern parenting.

The presentation’s target audience is parents of kindergartners through 12th-graders.

Admission is free.

The Mountain View-Los Altos High School Foundation, the Los Altos Educational Foundation and the Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council co-sponsor the event.

For more information, visit lamvptac.org/category/parent-education.

PNG schedules open house

Partners for New Generations, a nonprofit group that provides mentors and tutors to local students, has scheduled a volunteer information night and open house 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District offices, 1299 Bryant Ave., adjacent to Mountain View High School.

Teens and their volunteer adult mentors do everything from bowling to hiking, cooking and going to movies. Primarily they talk – and listen – to one another. The relationships are designed to help struggling students build self-esteem and find positive direction in their lives.

Through the information night, PNG hopes to attract new volunteers to serve as tutors for elementary and middle-school students and mentors at the high-school level.

To RSVP, call Carole Dorshkind at 766-2162 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information, visit pngmvla.org.

Local groups seek volunteers

JustREAD, a nonprofit, community-funded literacy program, seeks tutors to work at least one hour per week to help middle and high school students with reading.

The program trains tutors to work one-on-one with students in a supervised classroom setting during the school year.

JustMATH, a community-volunteer math-tutoring program, needs volunteer tutors to work at least one hour per week to help students improve their math skills.

To sign up for the next orientation class and for more information, call 940-7402, email Wendy Furuichi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit justreadcenters.org.

JustMATH also seeks a part-time volunteer site coordinator to manage a middle school tutoring program.

For more information on the position, call 940-7402 or email Lisa Cittadino at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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