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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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Bringing the forest to First Street


photo courtesy of H&H Co.
Forest on First is slated to open later this month. The cafe will offer a menu using locally sourced ingredients, including fresh juices pressed daily prepared by executive chef Tyler Morrish.

Los Altos-based H&H Co. is scheduled to unveil its latest addition to the downtown triangle later this month.

In an email to the Town Crier last week, Dyana Lovold, H&H marketing director, said the company tentatively plans to open the doors to Forest on First – located at 129 First St. – in late January with daily hours from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The venture is the latest in a handful of downtown Los Altos businesses introduced by H&H. The company’s retail listings include Bumble and Area 151, also on First Street, and The Makery, Red Racer Hobby Shop and Play! Los Altos on State Street.

Lovold said the incoming cafe and juice bar will offer a “truly exciting and innovative menu” created by executive chef Tyler Morrish, former sous chef at the Michelin-ranked Osteria Coppa in San Mateo. She added that the new space will offer breakfast, lunch and take-home dinner meals, as well as freshly pressed juices, using locally sourced seasonal ingredients.

The cafe’s menu will feature items such as Dutch pancakes with blueberries and house butter, French toast stuffed with dried fruit compote and berry pear sauce, and a brussels sprouts salad with mustard lemon vinaigrette, among other selections. Lovold added that Morrish plans to cure meats and pickle foods, as well as make cultured butter and fresh farmers cheese from scratch.

Lovold said the woodland-themed cafe is designed to offer a family-friendly environment that includes a custom-designed tree house structure made from handcrafted redwood and eucalyptus.

For more information, visit forestonfirst.com.

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