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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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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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CARMEN PONCE SFORZINI

OBIT CarmenSforzini

After a long illness, Carmen Ponce Sforzini, a native Californian and long-time resident of Los Altos, died in Alamo, CA, on December 18.

A family High Mass and graveside ceremony at Alta Mesa Cemetery were held on December 23. There will be a Memorial in early spring for family and friends to celebrate her life.

Carmen was born in Santa Clara, CA, to Spanish immigrants Frank and Mary Anaya Ponce. She grew up on her family's fruit ranch in Cupertino, which supplied peaches, apricots and cherries to local markets and nearby canneries. Carmen graduated in 1938 from Fremont Union High School, where she met her future husband of 69 years, Harry Sforzini.

In a life spanning most of the 20th century, Carmen had many interests and accomplishments. In 1940, representing Shuckles Cannery in Sunnyvale, she was crowned “Miss Rancho Soup” at the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco. She was a member of the Quadalco Club and (with Harry) the Kiwanis Club of Mountain View. The couple enjoyed traveling, fishing, golf, pheasant hunting, dancing, and attending social and civic events together.

Carmen was also a seamstress, needleworker, avid 49ers fan, and cook, with two original recipes printed in Sunset Magazine. Together with Harry, she was co-owner of commercial properties in Sunnyvale and Mountain View.

She took great pride in her daughters, nieces and nephews, grand- and great-grandchildren, extended family, and friends. Carmen will be remembered for her gentle demeanor and pleasant disposition and as a helpful and caring neighbor, sharing her fruit and vegetable harvests and making quilts and clothing for neighborhood newborns.

She is survived by the families of her two beloved daughters, Sharon Sforzini and husband Steven Grant of North Bethesda, MD, as well as Charlotte Sforzini and husband Joseph Arton of Alamo, CA. Her three grandchildren and their families also join in remembering their “Mamacita”: Elliot and wife Anne Grant, of Silver Spring, MD; Dr. Heather Katz (Arton) and husband Major Joe Katz of Kapolei, HI; and Noelle Micek (Arton) and husband John Micek IV of Diablo, CA. Other family members include her six great-grandchildren, Aidan and Logan Grant, Avery and Jay Katz, and Charlotte and Jack Micek V; brother-in-law, Don Sparks; and nieces and nephews Joycelyn Zucchi Dykstra, Denny Zucchi, Brian Zucchi, Sandy Sparks Waddington, Karen Sparks Lester, Maureen Ramos Deasy, and Ronald Ramos.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hope Hospice (www.HopeHospice.com).

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