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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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Satisfy game-day cravings with a homemade snack


Photos Courtesy of Blanche Shaheen
Blanche Shaheen created an online tutorial for making Spicy Roasted Chickpeas.

Do you plow through a supersize bag of chips while watching sports? Is there a stash of salty pretzels in a nearby drawer that you munch on as you addictively watch one Vine after another? Do you know the garlic-fry vendor at AT&T Park on a first-name basis?

If any of these descriptions ring familiar, then this recipe is especially for you. Middle Eastern-style roasted spicy chickpeas are perfect for those with a serious salty tooth. These spicy little legumes pack a high flavor impact. But there’s a bonus – the 8 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber in a half-cup serving mean that unlike potato chips, it’s impossible to nosh mindlessly without getting full.

Use canned or dried garbanzo beans that have been soaked overnight, making sure to rinse them and pat them dry before seasoning. I love to add these firecrackers of goodness to my salad in place of croutons for some extra flavor and a wallop protein, calcium and iron. The spices in these goodies are also beneficial. The cumin helps digest the fiber in the beans and the red pepper can help rev up your metabolism.

They are also super quick and easy to make – this recipe takes less time than driving to the grocery store to buy potato chips. You can use avocado oil, which has a higher smoke point, but I prefer the authentic flavor of olive oil. Using a really robust olive oil adds a nice, peppery finish to the snack. For the freshest olive oil, make sure that you look for a harvest date on the label. If there is no harvest date, then the oil could be a lot older than you think.

Blanche Shaheen is a food blogger and journalist who lives in Los Altos.For more recipes, visit feastinthemiddleeast.com.

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

• 1 can chickpeas, or 1 1/2 cups of soaked chickpeas, patted dry

• 2 tablespoons olive or avocado oil

• 1/2 teaspoon cumin

• 1/4 teaspoon paprika

• 1/2 teaspoon red pepper (or more if you can handle the heat)

• 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper

• 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

• Salt to taste

Preheat oven to 400 F. Combine chickpeas with oil and spices. Spread on cookie sheet and bake 30 minutes. Approximately 15 minutes into baking, stir chickpeas for even cooking. Serve immediately.

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