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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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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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Scouting News


Courtesy of Mayuri Desai
Los Altos Boy Scout Troop 33’s new Eagle Scouts include, from left, Nathaniel Wipfler, McGregor Stadtmiller, Nathan Desai, Aaron Frankel and William Bassett.

Troop 33 celebrates new Eagle Scouts

Los Altos Boy Scout Troop 33 has awarded the rank of Eagle, the highest award in Scouting, to a total of 231 members since its founding in 1951.

To earn the rank of Eagle, a Scout must plan, develop and lead a team in a service project that benefits a religious institution, school or community.

The troop recently honored its five newest Eagle Scouts:

• William Bassett, a sophomore at Los Altos High School, constructed a garden shed at Egan Junior High School to earn his Eagle rank.

• Nathan Desai, a junior at Monta Vista High in Cupertino, created instruction videos to teach basic English to orphans in India so that the children could make use of computers donated by Home of Hope, a Hillsborough-based charity.

• Aaron Frankel, a senior at Homestead High in Sunnyvale, built benches and an outdoor stage at Gardner Bullis School in Los Altos Hills.

• McGregor Stadtmiller, a senior at the German International School of Silicon Valley in Mountain View, converted planter boxes surrounding heritage trees at Springer School into seating benches for students to use at lunchtime.

• Nathaniel Wipfler, a sophomore at Homestead High, constructed a garden path at Riley’s Place, a nonprofit organization that uses the comforting power of animals to help children facing challenges.

The Scouts recently received formal recognition at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony at Los Altos United Methodist Church. Scoutmaster Brent Browning and keynote speaker Joe Simitian, Santa Clara County Supervisor, welcomed the new Eagle Scouts to the ranks.

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