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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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Dance speaks in CSMA's Artistic Intelligence autism program



Giancarlo, a student from the Morgan Autism Center, flies through a dance challenge at the Community School of Music and Arts’ Artistic Intelligence program. Teacher Ehud Krauss pairs movement, rhythm and beat with game play and group sequences. Eliza Ridgeway/ town Crier

Tucked away in the northernmost corner of Mountain View, the Community School of Music and Arts offers community classes and concerts, but its reach stretches beyond violin lessons and holiday performances.

For developmentally disabled students, CSMA’s Artistic Intelligence classes offer a window of the mind, as movement, music and art unlock expression in new ways.

Students from AchieveKids and the Morgan Autism Center were dancing at CSMA on a recent Tuesday morning, stretching and then popping up to snap and lean to a Michael Jackson song. The King of Pop in fact ruled the airwaves for much of the morning, as young people practiced rhythms and repeated movements, bouncing to the beat as they learned new sequences. Two Los Altos residents were among the students who played games as they danced, tossing balls, skipping over jump ropes and spinning rings in the air.

“I try to challenge them, not just to a dance routine,” teacher Ehud Krauss explained. “I throw something to see how they react – if they react, wonderful, if not, we change it.”

He said that building choreography and a curriculum for students with autism makes him a more thoughtful teacher, and that at the semester-end show, parents are sometimes stunned to see their children move in a way they never had at home.

“It takes a lot of love and vision,” Krauss said. “Music, dance and autism – they all go together. It’s amazing what the kids can do if you just encourage and support them.”

CSMA collaborates with three area social-service agencies to bring classes in music, dance and visual arts to more than 70 teens and young adults with autism and developmental and physical challenges. With help from donors like the Town Crier Holiday Fund, CSMA subsidizes the classes.

Children with autism can struggle with social interaction and communication, and CSMA’s courses provide an opportunity to practice social and creative skills outside a traditional curriculum.

“Disability can close you down – (in class), they get to open up and move across the floor,” Krauss said.

CSMA Art School Director Linda Covello described the students’ acts of art as “their voice, sometimes – taking them out of themselves and giving them a means of expressing.”

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