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News

Election flyer mimics newspaper coverage

Election flyer mimics newspaper coverage

A flyer is being distributed across Los Altos that looks like it is from the Los Altos Town Crier but was neither created nor distributed by the community’s weekly newspaper. The flyer, pictured at right, is being distributed by workers from Pyrami...

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Schools

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A Los Altos High School student learns how to use robotic surgical equipment at the school’s Science and Technology Week event last year. Students can also attend hands-on presentations at this year’s event, w...

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Community

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display


Town Crier File Photo
Pirate Manor is once again scheduled to arrive in the front yard of Dane and Jill Glasgow’s home on Manor Way in Los Altos, just in time for Halloween.

Although not the Walking Dead, pirate skeletons have been brought to li...

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Sports

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Eric Reitmeir launches the ball over Mountain View High driver David Niehaus (2) and goalie Kenny Tang. The host Lancers won Friday’s non-league game 9-3.

There wasn’t a lot on the line Friday when ...

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Comment

Reeder, Fung for El Camino HCD: Editorial

The good news for the El Camino Healthcare District (formerly the El Camino Hospital District, for those still getting used to the new name) is that there is a contested election Nov. 4 for the district’s board of directors. Three candidates are runn...

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Special Sections

Plant-based diet offers benefits

Plant-based diet offers benefits


Photo by Ramya Krishna
Los Altos resident Nandini Krishna prepares a meat-free dish According to author Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D., a plant-based diet can help prevent cancer.

Shirley Okita of Los Altos has found that adhering to a mostly plant...

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Business

New shop offers haute couture for girls

New shop offers haute couture for girls


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Girls @ Los Altos at 239 State St. offers clothing lines such as Nellystella as well as toys and other items for girls.

Cecilia Chen opened The Girls @ Los Altos as a tribute to the party dress. Whether it’s for...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

BARBARA DARLING MERIDETH

1946-2014

Born in Palo Alto, raised in Los Altos, retired in southern Oregon. Survived by Peter James Merideth, sons Matthew, Jacob and John Merideth, the loves of her life.

She was a housewife who took great pride in her home, her surroundings and...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn



Los Altos Youth Theatre’s production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a musical based on Washington Irving’s classic story, is set to run through Nov. 2 at Bus Barn Theater. The cast comprises 27 young actors, directed by Cindy Powell. Courtesy o...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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Sports on the Side

MV runners honored

Mountain View High's Garrett Rowe (a sophomore) and Parker Shuh (freshman) were recently named first team all-state for boys cross country. Rowe, competing in Division II, placed fifth at the state meet and second at the Central Coast Section finals in November. Shuh finished 50th at the state meet.

Evaluation for Juniors

Players interested in playing in the Juniors division of Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Little League this season are asked to attend the evaluation session 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday at Los Altos High (rescheduled to Feb. 10 at Purissima Field if it rains). For more information, contact Mark Walden at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Coaches sought

Los Altos High needs spring coaches for diving, junior-varsity badminton, jumps for track and field, and an assistant for softball. If interested, call athletic director Kim Cave at 960-8857 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Pinewood School is looking for a varsity swim coach. Call athletic director Matt Stimson at 941-6044 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Soccer players wanted

The MVLA Earthquakes, an under-14 boys Class I soccer team, seeks experienced, hard-working players born after July 21, 1994. For more information., contact Wayne Kania at (408) 499-0334 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The De Anza Force Soccer Club's Black and Blue girls teams, for players born in 1992 and 1993, have scheduled tryouts 10 a.m. to noon March 1 and 8 at Garden Gate Elementary in Cupertino. Both teams will play in the Class 1, Division 1 Abronzino League in the fall. For more information, contact Black coach Owen Flannery at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Blue coach Shawn Medved at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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