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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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SHIRLEY SWINTEK MCCAULEY

OBIT ShirleyMcCauley

Born in Royal Oak, Michigan, on November 4, 1935, Shirley succumbed to the effects of Parkinson’s on October 1, 2013. 

Always eager to learn everything and to assist others, Shirley Swintek McCauley conducted her life as many others only wish they could. 

After moving to California with her mother and two brothers, she lived with them in Los Angeles and Long Beach, putting herself through college by working full time and earning her BA Degree in Business Administration. She applied these skills at IBM in Long Beach and Los Angeles, serving as a Systems Service Representative. 

Upon marriage and moving to the Bay Area, Shirley continued many activities with the American Association of University Women, Los Madres, the Career Action Center in Palo Alto, as a teachers aide at both the Los Altos and Palo Alto Elementary School Districts, as board member at the Mountain View and Los Altos Cooperative Nursery schools, and participating in the development of the Mountain View Parent Preschool. As a member of Foothills Congregational Church in Los Altos, Shirley served in numerous capacities for many years, including Deaconesses and Wedding Coordinator. 

Further, she expanded her interests and activities to the English In Action Program for foreign students and their families at Stanford and to volunteering at Filoli, and then to establishing and operating her own business, Extra Time. 

Shirley’s trademarks were her optimism, delightful nature, intelligence and sterling character traits. She is survived by her son Scott and daughter Alison, grandchildren Wyatt & Eleanor, and her loving husband of 52 years, Donald, all of whom dearly loved and revered her. 

A memorial service will be held at the Foothills Congregational Church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos, Calif. on Saturday 2 November at 11:00 AM.

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