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Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage

Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council continues to explore options to address parking constraints in the downtown triangle.

The Los Altos City Council last week held the first of two study sessions to discuss the potential construct...

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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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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

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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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WILLIAM KAUFMANN


Bill Kaufmann was a gentleman, a publisher, a scholar, an essayist, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a golfer, a fisherman, and a friend. He was born December 18, 1925, in Oneonta, New York. He graduated from Stamford Central School as valedictorian of the class of 1943. He then served as an Electronic Technician’s Mate in the U.S. Navy, Pacific Theater, until May 1946. Grateful all his life for the GI Bill, he was awarded an AB degree in June 1951 by Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, with class honors in English Literature and Art, and election to Phi Beta Kappa.

After graduation from Hamilton College, he joined The Ronald Press Company as a college traveler in New England, the Middle Atlantic States, and Eastern Canada. In 1955 he was recruited by W. H. Freeman & Company as a Field Editor. He and his family relocated to Los Altos, CA., in 1962. At Freeman he served as Editor, Vice President, and President until his departure in 1971.

He launched William Kaufmann, Inc., in 1972 as a family enterprise, publishing a joyously eclectic assortment of projects (from the California Water Atlas to a wildly successful graphic calculus primer, to a richly annotated edition of The Hunting of the Snark), achieving profitability in its fourth year. He organized programs for the annual meetings of the American Library Association, courses about West Coast publishing for UC Berkeley, and basic publishing skills courses at University of Denver and Stanford University. He also conducted a fishing class at Stanford University.

In 1973 Bill accepted an invitation to serve as consultant to the Board of Directors of Annual Reviews, a highly successful publisher of unique scholarly volumes across a challenging array of sciences. From the mid-1970s to 1995 he served as Editor-in-Chief and interim EIC, guiding the organization into new fields and stabilizing its modernization. Throughout the publishing worlds touched by both William Kaufmann, Inc., and Annual Reviews, Bill was admired for his open-minded good sense, managerial patience, collegial fairness, and integrity. He enjoyed easy friendships with innumerable eminent scientists and educators. Bill was an accomplished fly fisherman and a founding member of the Mr. Flood Society. He was a passionate collector of rare (or sometimes just irresistible) books.

Bill married Virginia Marie Hanlon on December 31, 1945. They had two children: Gary, who died in 1967, and Gail, who is married to Thom Riley and has 2 sons, Ben and Thad. Bill loved being a Grandfather. He was happily married until Virginia died on December 15, 2005. Bill loved books, fishing, golf, baseball, ice cream, bananas and a good joke. On the afternoon of August 3, 2013, with his daughter Gail at his side holding his hand, Bill died, completing the life begun 87 years ago. In Bill’s heaven, the fish are always biting, and every golf ball obeys the strokes of a dauntless imagination.

At Bill’s request there will be no memorial service. Donations to Pathways Home Health & Hospice, 585 North Mary Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94085 are encouraged

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