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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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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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Legendary drummer to perform at Los Altos millennium event

Los Altos will ring in the new millennium with a world class drum roll. That's because under the millennium celebration tent, center stage, will sit jazz legend Louis Bellson and 19 other world class musicians.

In case you don't know him, Louis Bellson was a longtime drummer in Duke Ellington's big band.

His peers and fans say he's the best there ever was in the world of big band and jazz. They call him the dean of American jazz drummers.

Bellson was born July 6, 1924, and his parents named him Luigi Balassoni. He grew up, changed his name, married Pearl Bailey and went on to enjoy a long career as the drummer in Duke Ellington's big band. To those who love to swing, he's a god.

Today he makes his home in San Jose and plays with several orchestras across the United States.

Although Bellson may be the most recognizable name in the Los Altos Millennium All-Stars Band, the other members are also known performers. Fred Berry, who plays the trumpet, has performed with Natalie Cole, Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles. He spent many years blowing his horn for his former band leader, Count Basie. Madeline Eastman is a well recorded singer and a top jazz performer. Jamie Davis is a seasoned song-man and delivers a Sinatra-like style.

Bellson began playing the drums at age 3. By the time he was 15 he had edged out more than 40,000 other drummers to win the coveted Gene Krupa drumming award. He has spent his life performing and recording with such greats as Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, James Brown, Sammy Davis Jr. and Duke Ellington. His late wife, Pearl Bailey, said of him, "To listen and see Louie is to know man's love of music."

All of the Millennium performers hail from professional backgrounds, and all are known to one another and to just about every other great musician performing today.

So with all their fame one would think that these musicians would prefer to spend the dawn of the new millennium relaxing rather than performing.

Not so, Berry said. "To get to play with Louis Bellson and so many other top performers, I can't think of a better way to celebrate the millennium. Everyone is really pumped. "

Invitations to the Los Altos millennium party will be mailed to all Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents in June. Fliers with more details are available at the Town Crier, City Hall and the Chamber of Commerce.

For more information about volunteering, event sponsorships or group tickets, call 941-0786.

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