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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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Local youth perform Sunday with Palo Alto Philharmonic

The Palo Alto Philharmonic Association is scheduled to host its annual Family Concert 3 p.m. Sunday at Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

The five winners of this year’s Concerto Movement Competition will perform as soloists with the Palo Alto Philharmonic.

Musicians of high school age or younger were eligible to participate in the Concerto Movement Competition. After a preliminary screening of applicants’ recorded performances, the finalists auditioned before a panel of judges. This year’s winners all attend Peninsula schools. Following is a list of winners and their concert solo pieces.

• Elena Ariza, 14, a freshman at Menlo School, has studied cello for 10 years. She is a student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She won first place in five different solo competitions in 2012. She and her friends performed at charity concerts around the Bay Area last year, raising more than $12,000 for victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Ariza will play the Sinfonia Concertante (Op. 125), second movement, by Prokofiev.

• Alex Chien, 14, is a freshman at Bellarmine College Preparatory. He has studied piano since he was 4 years old. Among his recent awards are first place in both the 2012 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition and the 2013 Marian Filice Piano Competition. He has been a soloist with many Bay Area orchestras, including the Peninsula Symphony, the Fremont Symphony Orchestra and the California Youth Symphony. He will perform the first movement of Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3 in D minor (Op. 30).

• Songyi Chun, 17, a senior at St. Francis High School, began her cello studies at age 9. She has performed as a soloist with the El Camino Youth Symphony and has won multiple competitions, including the Peninsula Orchestra Young Artist Solo Competition and the Korean Times Youth Music Competition. She will play “Schelomo” by Ernest Bloch.

• Jeremy Tai, 14, studied cello for seven years at the San Francisco Conservatory. He is a freshman at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino. He won first place in 2012 at both the Music Teachers’ National Association Performance Competition and the American Fine Arts Festival International Concerto Competition. When he was 10, the Junior Bach Festival in Berkeley selected him to perform Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3. Tai will play the first movement of Dvorak’s Concerto for Cello in B minor (Op. 104).

• Alex Zhou, 11, a sixth-grader at The King’s Academy in Sunnyvale, has studied violin for the past five years. He won first place last year at both the California Youth Symphony Concerto Competition and the Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition in Italy. He has appeared on the National Public Radio show “From the Top.” Zhou will play “Havanaise” by Camille Saint-Saëns.

For tickets ($5-$10) and more information, visit www.paphil.org/family.php.

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