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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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Bayshore Christian Ministries uses technology to hook teens


Courtesy of Bayshore Christian Ministries
Bayshore Christian Ministries is using technology to draw students in, but its core mission is to develop the next generation of leaders who choose to remain in the community.

With Facebook mere miles to the north and Google to the south, Bayshore Christian Ministries (BCM) aims to share a slice of the high-tech pie.

The faith-based organization, an East Palo Alto mainstay that for three decades has served youth through its year-round tutoring, mentoring and Bible club activities, saw its focus expand in 2013 as teens clamored for a place at the technology table.

BCM piloted two programs – the EPA Chica Squad and Teens ’n Tech – to introduce youth to computer science and programming principles.

According to Executive Director Rolando Zeledon, the initiatives are designed to engage youth, teach them practical skills and, most importantly, challenge them to create products that move the community forward in a positive, influential way.

“Holistically, it’s not just about the skills, and it’s not just about leadership – though, obviously, that combination is powerful – it’s about what they do with those skills,” he said. “It’s value-centered, and we focus on developing the character values that come along with that.”

Zeledon sees another benefit for his BCM charges, who often lack the exposure, means and resources to pursue tech-related activities like robotics.

“What’s the biggest need we have?” he asked. “Hope. We still have kids who come from broken homes, broken situations.”

Often, according to Zeledon, kids raised in East Palo Alto define success as leaving – moving to another community.

“But imagine the economic transformation that could happen when you equip a child with not just the tech skills to remain in the community, but also with a passion and heart for that community,” he said. “Here at BCM, we’re helping kids think about serving others. Technology is the hook, but we have a bigger commission – serving deep is what we’re about.”

In the big picture, Zeledon said, BCM wants to impart technical knowledge that leads to 21st-century workplace skills, but the programming is designed for students to “discover their gifting.”

“We want students to realize, ‘We all have different gifts, we all have different skills, but together we can come up with something,’” he said. “It’s a win-win – tech plus character.”

Despite the new high-tech offerings, BCM remains committed to boosting literacy. The organization used last year’s Town Crier Holiday Fund contribution to expand its KidSmart tutoring program, enabling 20 percent more students to enroll. BCM will use the 2014 Holiday Fund donation to shore up its programs.

As Bayshore Christian Ministries celebrates its 30th anniversary with a gala event May 4, the organization’s board plans to conduct a strategic review and update its programs.

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