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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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Community Briefs

Christ Episcopal hosts documentary screening

Christ Episcopal Church is scheduled to host a screening of “High Ground,” an award-winning documentary, 6:30 p.m. today at the church, 1040 Border Road, Los Altos.

The film chronicles the story of 11 wounded warriors and one Gold Star mother who climb Mount Lobuche in the Himalayas while recounting their wartime experiences. “High Ground” cinematographer John von Seeburg will lead a Q&A with local veterans following the screening.

Admission is free.

For tickets and more information, visit highgroundchristchurch.eventbrite.com.

SPARC speaker addresses Obamacare

The South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition has scheduled author Sally C. Pipes to discuss health care at its next meeting, 6 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real.

Pipes, president and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute, is a vocal opponent of the Affordable Care Act. Her book, “The Cure for Obamacare” (Encounter Books, 2013), examines changes that could halt full implementation of the law. She will discuss what she considers a better alternative for effective health care.

Pipes regularly addresses national and international audiences on health care. Her opinion pieces have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and the San Francisco Chronicle.

For more information, visit sparcgop.org.

Kiwanis Club accepts grant requests

The Kiwanis Club of Mountain View Foundation is currently accepting grant requests for projects that meet a critical health or human care need in the city of Mountain View.

Grant requests should address the needs of children under the age of 18 or seniors 60 and over and have objectives that are time-specific and measurable.

Organizations submitting requests must show proof of 501(c)(3) status by providing a copy of their federal tax-exempt notification letters.

The club will consider requests for capital campaign projects that are consistent with its priority to provide services to low-income children, adolescents or seniors.

The deadline for submission of grant applications is Dec. 1.

Funds will be granted at either a January or February Kiwanis Club of Mountain View meeting.

Mail applications to Kiwanis Club of Mountain View, PO Box 607, Mountain View 94042.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit facebook.com/KiwanisMV.

Boutique fundraiser supports animal shelter

A pet and gift boutique fund- raiser is scheduled 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16 at Palo Alto Animal Services, 3281 E. Bayshore Road.

The event will feature holiday gifts and products, raffle prizes, a silent auction, pet adoptions and refreshments.

The animal control agency, which provides services for Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, has been hit by heavy funding cuts over the past few years. Proceeds will directly benefit the shelter.

Palo Alto Animal Services and Hartfelt Hand-i-crafts co-sponsor the boutique.

For more information, call 496-5971.

Kiwanis Club sponsors Turkey Round Up

The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos, sponsor of the annual Pet Parade in May, seeks donations for its 2013 Turkey Round Up.

Kiwanis Club members will purchase and deliver turkeys to The Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto so that families in need can enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

To donate, mail a check to Los Altos Kiwanis Club Foundation, PO Box 484, Los Altos 94023.

For more information, call 988-9900.

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