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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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MV club celebrates Rugby Awareness Month


Courtesy of Jessica Millar Peterson
The Mountain View-based American Youth Rugby Union includes players from Los Altos and other nearby cities.

The Mountain View-based American Youth Rugby Union (AYRU) celebrates Rugby Awareness Month in November by hosting several events throughout the city.

Mountain View residents Paul Lynch and Scott Miller created the AYRU in 2009 to provide children in the Silicon Valley an opportunity to experience the fast-growing sport of rugby.

Lynch described the AYRU as a “non-contact youth rugby organization” that operates similarly to AYSO, with safety and fun the top priorities.

Events in Mountain View planned for Rugby Awareness Month include:

• Free open sessions for youth, 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Sylvan Park and 2-4 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 24 at Landels Elementary School. “The open sessions are an opportunity for children, and extended family, to come along and try, free of charge, this relatively new and exciting sport,” Miller said.

• Lunchtime demonstrations of non-contact rugby, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Google headquarters and 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at Symantec headquarters. Known as rookie rugby, this non-contact form of the sport is designed for boys and girls of all shapes and sizes. Rugby players from local colleges will participate in the demos.

• Golden Rugby Ball Treasure Hunt, Nov. 22. The public is invited to solve a puzzle on the AYRU website (ayru.net) that will lead to the hiding place of a gold-painted rugby ball. The winner will receive a $100 prize and free registration for the 2013-14 season. There is no fee to enter the hunt.

The AYRU season runs from mid-November to mid-March, with games and practices scheduled Saturday or Sunday afternoons in Mountain View. The organization is open to boys and girls ages 5-15.

To register to play and for more information, visit ayru.net.

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