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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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Los Altos resident organizes 'Return To Work' conference

Those looking to go back to work after a long hiatus have plenty of questions about the job market – and themselves. Los Altos resident Johanna Wise may offer some answers, along with solid job opportunities, at her upcoming "Connect Work Thrive Return to Work Conference," scheduled 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at NestGSV, Inc., in Redwood City.

Wise, a successful business executive who took several years off to raise a family, knows from experience the challenges of beginning a "third career."

"There was no one out there to help me with the gap years," she said. "How do you explain that to a (prospective) employer?"

Her conference brings together experts in the field of "marketing the gap years." The 16 workshops on tap range from first steps to a career path and assessing options to "networking 101," social media marketing and resume writing strategies ("How to write a killer LinkedIn profile"). The conference also includes insights from those who have successfully returned to work and tips from employers on back-to-work approaches.

Wise noted that some returning  workers sell themselves short by leaving off their resumes skills that they acquired through volunteering during their gap years, such as organizing a school fundraiser. She added that even in youth-dominated Silicon Valley culture, older people can get hired if they are confident, organized and have a good skill set – no matter when they acquired it.

The conference doesn't come cheap. – the conference costs between $299 (advance registration) and $399 at the door. But Wise said the costs reflect bringing in speakers from Chicago, Minneapolis and other parts of the country who are among the best experts in their fields. She added that attendees' chances of finding that return job will increase dramatically with the information and connections made at the event.

"If you find a job, it's money well spent," Wise said. "Make an investment on yourself."

To register for the event, visit www.connectworkthrive.com.

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