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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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Unsung heroes


Courtesy of Erin Volk
Local firefighters – from left, Capt. Matt James, Matt White, Justin Stockman and John Rizzi – went beyond the call of duty for Mary Jackson.

My grandparents, Al and Mary Jackson, have lived in Los Altos Hills for the past 40 or so years. They love their town and where they live. My grandmother noticed Jan. 4 that my grandfather was not responding from his living-room chair and called 911. The Santa Clara County Fire Department arrived before she could even think twice about what was happening.

While my grandfather was being cared for, one of the firefighters assisted my grandmother, who was overwhelmed by the thought of something happening to the man she had been with for nearly 62 years. In the chaos of going to the hospital, my grandmother left all of her belongings on the porch, including her purse. The first responders were kind enough to give her a ride to Stanford Hospital, because she was clearly in no shape to drive.

Now comes the part that brings our family to tears: A firefighter named Justin Stockman slipped my grandmother $40 in case she needed anything at the hospital. We later learned that Justin and his wife are expecting twins this summer. For a young man with a family to care about my grandmother’s well-being enough to provide her with that money just melts our hearts.

Sadly, my grandfather passed that day. The following Saturday we had neighbors over for appetizers at 3 p.m. to remember my grandpa – he didn’t want a service. Just as neighbors began to arrive, I saw four firefighters walking up the driveway. When Justin introduced himself, I nearly lost it. We had taken $40 and cookies to the firehouse earlier that week while they were off-duty. Without knowing about the gathering, they had come to check on my grandmother because it was their first day back and they had heard that my grandfather didn’t make it.

It was so special that they just happened to show up right at 3 p.m. and then proceeded to offer help with anything she might need in the next few weeks, including moving. I know that my grandmother will always have a connection with Justin and the rest of his crew.

I needed to write to the Town Crier because he did this without expecting any sort of recognition. Even though it may seem like a small act, it really stood out for my grandmother that day. We couldn’t feel more grateful that she had that support.

All of the response team are true heroes to us, and we can’t thank them enough for going above and beyond on the day that we lost the rock of our family. I was able to get a fabulous picture of my grandma with these men, and I know she will cherish it forever. They are our family’s new heroes.

Erin Volk lives in Idaho.

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