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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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A reason to ride: The Bicycle Outfitter hosts Breast Cancer Awareness Ride


Photos courtesy of Bicycle Outfitters
The Bicycle Outfitter’s Trek Breast Cancer Awareness Ride draws more than 200 cyclists annually. Riders often display the names of loved ones affected by the disease.

A horde of cyclists will soon gather in Los Altos to ride for a worthy cause.

The Bicycle Outfitter, located at 963 Fremont Ave., is scheduled to host its sixth annual “Ride for Cause,” the Trek Breast Cancer Awareness Ride, Oct. 12. The fundraising ride benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Cyclists riding the 50-mile route start at 8 a.m., the 25-mile route begins at 9 a.m. and the 10-mile riders leave at 10 a.m.

The Los Altos store is one of approximately 100 Trek Bicycle dealers that host the ride nationwide.

“It’s the biggest event we have all year,” said Dave Prion, the store’s general manager. “It’s for a great cause, and I do get people who will stop me at the grocery store, for instance, and thank me for doing it.”

Prion noted that the local event typically draws 200 or more cyclists and raises approximately $6,000 annually. The store has placed fifth (out of 100) in fund-raising and attendance each year. This year’s riding fee, the bulk of the funds contributed to the cause, is $30 per cyclist.

The Los Altos ride is unique in that it features a 50-mile ride, in addition to the 10- and 25-mile routes typically offered by other participating Trek dealers. Detailed maps of the three routes are available on the store’s website.

Prion said it’s common to see riders display the names of breast cancer survivors and victims on participants’ racing jerseys.

“This is not just about raising money,” he said. “It’s about the camaraderie. … This is about bringing people together.”

The day includes a complimentary lunch provided by Tom’s Depot, a raffle with prizes donated by The Bicycle Outfitters’ vendors and Loyola Corners’ merchants Allied Auto Works and Los Altos Health & Fitness.

To register and for more information, visit bicycleoutfitter.com.

For more information on the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, visit bcrfcure.org.

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