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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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Historical LAH tradition revived after 35 years: "Old-Timers" gather to remember town's rural roots


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Longtime residents mingle during Los Altos Hills’ recent “Old-Timers Gathering,” which drew more than 70 people.

An umbrella of cover beneath the towering Heritage Oak tree at Los Altos Hills Town Hall proved an appropriate setting for the “Old-Timers Gathering” Oct. 20. Residents living in the community for 35 years or longer served as guests of honor.

More than 70 people mingled with neighbors, perused old photos and shared memories. The atmosphere was jovial as guests exchanged stories of Los Altos Hills’ rural past while circled around the tree – a symbol of the town’s enduring legacy amid a changing landscape.

Although new residents may be attracted to Los Altos Hills for its bucolic atmosphere, established residents of the area remember days when open space meant more than a large home on a 1-acre lot.

Christine and Shirley Abraham, second-generation Los Altos Hills residents, recalled their childhood memories of trekking from Palo Alto to “The Lot”– a name given to the spacious landscape of Los Altos Hills – where they built forts in mustard fields and wandered past walnut farms.

Other attendees highlighted longstanding holiday traditions in their neighborhoods and pointed to the increasing diversity of the community over the years.

Los Altos Hills History Committee member Diane Brauch noted that the committee was surprised to learn that the last gathering of this type occurred in 1978.

“People seemed to really enjoy it,” Brauch said after October’s event, adding that she hopes it won’t be another 35 years before the History Committee schedules another “Old-Timers Gathering.”

In the interim, members of the History Committee will continue to gather oral histories from residents and document the origins of local street names.

For more information on Los Altos Hills’ history, visit losaltoshills.ca.gov/about-lah/town-history.

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