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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 Marching Band and Color Guard present to community


CAROL STEPP/SPECIAL TO THE TOWN CRIER
Los Altos High School’s Marching Band and Color Guard’s competition show is titled “R.E.M.” The group is scheduled to perform for the community Nov. 9.

Marching Band and Color Guard students at Los Altos High School spend approximately 20 hours per week together on the football field learning intricate marching steps, memorizing music, twirling flags, throwing rifles and telling a story set to music.

Students perform their show at Western Band Association field show events, competing against other bands from California, Oregon, Washington, Utah and Arizona. In prior years, the band and color guard have earned many first- and second-place finishes as well as several recognition awards for their musical performances and visual presentations.

This year’s ensemble, working to achieve the same standard of excellence, has earned a second-place finish in its first competition.

The 2013 competition show, “R.E.M.,” is a nine-minute, tongue-in-cheek rendition of a dream in which a girl falls asleep, finds herself in the middle of a nightmare and wakes to a happy ending. It features the music of Edvard Grieg, Sergei Prokofiev, Karl Jenkins and Samuel Barber. The drill depicts an eye closing, a funeral and a scary chase, all presented with an element of humor. Elaborate props bring the story to life.

Approximately one-half of the 73 band and color guard members have no previous marching band experience, as most of them are freshmen. The experienced members have welcomed the new members and taught them what it means to be a part of the ensemble: Commit to achieve, be proud and support each other as family.

New member Meg Murphy, a sophomore, said her experience so far has been a lot of work.

“But it is so worth it,” she said. “Everybody should do this – it’s really fun.”

Music Director Ted Ferrucci said he is pleased with the growth of the band since the start of the season in early August.

“This is a very complex show, but the students have risen to the challenge of creating an outstanding show,” he said. “I am proud of the work ethic of this ensemble.”

Ferrucci added that the group’s goal is to peak Nov. 23 at the Western Band Association Championships.

“At the rate we are improving, we are right on track,” he said.

The Los Altos High Marching Band and Color Guard invite local residents to attend their annual Fall Finale 10:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 9. They will perform “R.E.M.” on the football field, 201 Almond Ave. Immediately after, guests will have the opportunity to go on the field with students and experience what it is like to be in a marching band.

The Fall Finale is the primary fundraising event that supports the school’s instrumental music program. The event includes a marketplace, a raffle, a bake sale and a silent auction.

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