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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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LAHS students participate in Science and Tech Week


ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High School students took in hands-on presentations last week during Science and Technology Week. Intuitive Surgical brought in robotic surgical equipment that students had the opportunity to test.

Tahlee Baynard, research science manager at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, used a Rubik’s Cube last week to illustrate life to a class of teenagers at Los Altos High School.

“Your life is like the Rubik’s Cube, it’s up to you to figure it out,” he said. “You have opportunities every single day. Chase the ones that are important to you.”

Baynard was one of many professionals who discussed careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) during Los Altos High School’s eighth annual Science and Technology Week Oct. 21-23.

Speakers demonstrated the long-term value of a math and science education to encourage students to take more math and science classes, raise awareness of the variety of related career opportunities, highlight the diverse backgrounds of current professionals and inspire students to think creatively and join the ranks of innovative thinkers for the next generation.

Students attended lectures on an array of STEM-related tools or careers. Several included hands-on participation, such as using robotic surgical equipment and learning how to administer CPR to a victim.

“We are right here in Silicon Valley,” said Sarah Malcuso, a long-time Science and Tech Week volunteer. “We have all this amazing stuff going on and we want to share that with the kids.”

Intuitive Surgical Inc. provided a hands-on demonstration of the da Vinci Surgical System to explain how the technology enables surgeons to perform delicate and complex operations. Students had the opportunity to sit at the console and manipulate the instruments, while other students observed the operators’ actions on a video monitor.

“I’ve been telling the kids we have 3,000 jobs and they aren’t all surgeons,” said Nicky Espinosa, engineer at Intuitive Surgical. “There are jobs that run the gamut of skill sets.”

Officials from Foothill College’s Certified Medical Technician (CMT) program demonstrated ways they handled first-response situations and touted the benefits of their 9-month evening program.

Digital building blocks, 3D printing, how to make a Pixar movie, using an iPhone for musical creation and Facebook mobile apps are just a few of the presentations students could attend during the three-day event.

Speakers shared information on their current projects and described how fundamental science affects their day-to-day work. They explained the preparation needed for the careers and how their own high school experiences influenced them to pursue science and technology beyond graduation.


Eighth Annual Science and Technology Week - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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