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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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Linden Tree Books offers holiday book suggestions

Dee Ellman, programs manager at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St. in Los Altos, offers a holiday gift guide of books appropriate for children and teens.

As wintery winds swirl around us for once, the booksellers at Linden Tree Books are scurrying through the shop gathering all kinds of notable and new children’s books. Most of Linden Tree’s booksellers are teachers or librarians, and all are readers and book lovers with dozens of recommendations for the perfect book for holiday gift giving. Following are a few of our favorites.

Picture books

“Mr. Tiger Goes Wild” (Little, Brown, 2013) by Peter Brown

Sameness and being prim and proper bore Mr. Tiger. He lives in a dreary city with all of the other animals who have excellent manners – but very little fun at all. Then one day Mr. Tiger has a very wild idea, which causes him to leave the gray-brown world far behind and find freedom, joy and wilderness and the bright pop of orange and green. This charming new picture book echoes the sentiments of Max in Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things” (Harper & Row, 1963), as Mr. Tiger goes home to his city, taking a little bit of that wildness and color with him wherever he goes.

“The Day the Crayons Quit” (Philomel, 2013) by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Duncan wants to color, but all of his crayons have left the box. Instead he is left with letters – all of his crayons have quit. Red is tired of all the fire engines, candy canes and Santas and needs a rest. Green congratulates himself on being chosen for all of the alligators and dinosaurs, while Blue despairs of being the favored color of oceans, rivers and raindrops. Blue is worn down to a stub. Beige is tired of being overlooked. Yellow and Orange squabble over which is the true color of the sun. This book will have kids thinking of color in an entirely new way.

Middle-grades fiction

“Spirit Animals Wild Born” (Scholastic, 2013) by Brandon Mull

Four children separated by vast distances all undergo the same ritual. Each of them develops a rare bond with a spirit animal – a wolf, a leopard, a panda and a falcon. The fate of their world Erdas depends on these four children and their spirit animals. Will they be strong enough to stop the coming darkness?

“Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures” (Candlewick, 2013) by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by K.G. Campbell

Poetic writing, quirky characters and magical illustrations distinguish this book by Newbery Award winner DiCamillo, author of “Because of Winn Dixie” (Candlewick, 2000). Florabelle, a cynical and lonely 10-year-old girl obsessed with comic books, releases a neighborhood squirrel from a vacuum cleaner and finds a new friend. The squirrel has superpowers, and together they use his super strength to fight evil and restore truth and beauty to the world.

Young-adult fiction

“Eleanor & Park” (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013) by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor is a big girl with red hair, and Park is a half-Korean boy who loves punk music and comic books. They meet on the bus and fall in love. They are an original and unlikely Romeo and Juliet living in 1980s Omaha, Neb. What begins as a love story quickly becomes so much more. Eleanor lives in poverty with an abusive stepfather, her mother and younger siblings. Park’s parents don’t really understand him at all, but both undergo great transformation as they seek to help this pair of star-crossed lovers navigate a world that simply won’t accept their love for one another.

For more information, visit lindentreebooks.com.

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