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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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"Pear Slices 2011" opens in Mtn. View

Photo Courtesy Of Pear Avenue Theatre

Pear Avenue Theatre’s “Pear Slices 2011” features eight short plays. It runs through April 24.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s annual festival of short plays by the Pear Playwrights Guild is scheduled through April 24 in Mountain View. This year’s performance is titled “Pear Slices 2011.”

To tie in with Pear’s “Americana” season, playwrights were asked to embrace an American experience theme. The entries varied from historical to present-day settings and “faction” to fiction. Eight finalists were selected from more than 20 entries.

V.B. Leghorn’s “19” is set in August 1920 in the home of Tennessee State Congressman Harry T. Burn, whose discussion with his wife about the vote for women proves amusing and surprising.

Ross Peter Nelson’s “Imperfect Union” takes a look at the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings.

“The Last Arawak,” also by Nelson, comically skewers Christopher Columbus and raises criticisms of colonialism.

Margy Kahn’s “Letters from Leipzig” recalls an era when young women’s choices were limited, but dreams could still come true.

Leah Halper’s “Through Delhi” explores a woman’s negotiation with her mother’s avatar in an effort to understand the past – and her will.

Earl T. Roske’s “Lost Girls” looks at the once-common practice of hidden teen pregnancies and closed adoptions through the eyes of two vastly different women.

Elyce Melmon’s “Motherhood” introduces a vision of Whistler and his mother never found in history books.

Beverly Altschuler’s “Showdown” is about a whimsical wanderer in an even wilder Wild West.

The theater is located at 1220 Pear Ave.

Performances are scheduled 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15-$25.

For tickets and more information, call 254-1148 or visit www.thepear.org.

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