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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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Students raise money for Haitian school


Los Altos High School’s Haiti Solidarity Club continues to support its sister school in Haiti with fundraising events and trips to assist with construction of a new school.

SOPUDEP (Society of Providence United for the Economic Development of Port-au-Prince), the Haitian-founded and -run grassroots social agency, provides free, accessible education to adults and children and supports economic empowerment for the poor. Its goal is to use the power of education to improve the quality of life for the poorest members of the community and instill pride and hope for a better future.

The SOPUDEP School serves more than 800 low-income children from prekindergarten through 12th grade. Haitian Réa Dol founded the school, part of a broader local initiative that also supports Haitian women’s rights and economic independence.

The Los Altos High club is actively involved in supporting the school by learning about Haitian culture, history and politics and engaging the Los Altos community in their cause.

The connection between Los Altos High and SOPUDEP began in 2010 when students sought ways to help with relief efforts after an earthquake devastated the Caribbean nation. Seth Donnelly, Los Altos High civics teacher and member of the Haiti Action Committee, knew Dol from his many trips to Haiti.

Donnelly led the first delegation of students that traveled to Haiti to provide direct aid and help with construction of a new SOPUDEP School.

Since 2010, Los Altos students have raised more than $200,000 through rummage sales, silent auctions, concerts and other community events. Their efforts have provided the main source of funding for both the purchase of land and ongoing construction of the SOPUDEP School, according to Donnelly. Over the years, seven delegations and more than 100 Los Altos High students have traveled to Haiti to deliver donations and assist with construction.

Barry Groves, superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, traveled with Donnelly and 24 Los Altos High students to Haiti last February.

“My sojourn to Haiti was the most impactful experience of my 35-plus years in education,” he said. “The Haitians are so needy and at the same time remarkably appreciative and willing to do whatever it takes to improve their lot in life. I am so proud of the work that our students are doing.”

Another delegation of 28 students is slated to travel to Haiti next month.

Members of the Haiti Solidarity Club have scheduled a silent auction 2-4:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at First & Main Sports Lounge, 397 Main St., Los Altos. All funds raised go directly to support SOPUDEP and other programs that promise a better future for Haiti.

To donate to SOPUDEP, visit sopudep.org, click “Donate” on the program line and select your choice of organizations. Reference “SOPUDEP Los Altos HS” in the program line.

For information on the silent auction, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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