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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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Parents, boys united in Gardner Bullis, Bullis Charter School Cub Scouts pack


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Members of Cub Scouts Pack 78 line up for a group photo during a tour of the Town Crier last week.

Contrary to the rancor framing the Bullis Charter School facilities debate, Los Altos School District and charter school children – and their parents – are getting along just fine through their involvement in Cub Scouts Pack 78.

The relatively new pack – formed approximately five years ago – has been invigorated over the past year, growing from 17 boys to 65.

The expansion is due in part to the efforts of pack parents like Nancy Bremeau, Julian Ting and Mark Blair.

“In the beginning, it was a challenge,” said Bremeau, pack committee chairwoman. “Parents were saying, ‘We’re a combined pack with that school?’ So we said, ‘We’re going to build our own community.’”

Pack leaders stress inclusiveness. The first paragraph of the Pack 78 website states that the pack does not tolerate discrimination in any form.

Boys ages 6-11 (first- through fifth-graders) participate in a range of activities, from building and launching rockets to field trips to Castle Rock. Pack members visited the offices of the Town Crier last week.

Membership, Bremeau said, comprises virtually equal numbers from Gardner Bullis and Bullis Charter schools.

“A lot of us at Gardner Bullis are finding out that the pack has been a really good way to get to know each other,” Bremeau said.

Ting said parents and children from both schools have built a good camaraderie.

“This is a great example of putting the kids first,” said Ting, a charter school parent.

“It’s been such a positive thing for me,” said Blair, the pack’s cubmaster.

Unlike Boy Scouts, the Cub Scout pack encourages parents to stay at meetings and participate. And yes, they share school facilities use.

For more information, visit pack-78.com.

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