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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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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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New Mtn. View volleyball coach Phillips faces 'building year'

The Mountain View High girls volleyball team will enter a new era this fall.

The Spartans will play in a new division and under a new coach.

Gerrie Phillips, hired in the spring, takes over a team being promoted from the El Camino Division to the De Anza Division of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League.

Considering the De Anza Division features many of the Central Coast Section's top teams - including perennial playoff teams Los Altos, Los Gatos and Monta Vista - Phillips has her work cut out for her. Especially since Mountain View will be brimming with youth.

"This will be a building year for us," said Phillips, who coached the Spartans' freshmen girls and junior varsity boys teams last season.

However, the Indiana native still expects to field a competitive team.

"A couple of our goals will be to finish with over a .500 season and to make it to the CCS playoffs," she said.

Mountain View athletic director Dan Navarro, who promoted Phillips, wouldn't be surprised if his new coach accomplishes both things.

"She's good," he said. "She'll do a good job for us."

What makes her so good?

"She's very organized and teaches good fundamentals," Navarro said. "She's tough, yet kind to the kids. She demands the best out of the kids without screaming at them."

The key to volleyball success, according to Phillips, is dedication.

"This means players, coaches and parents - everyone involved with the program," she said. "Playing in the offseason and coming to the first day of tryouts already in shape will be key elements to building a successful program at Mountain View."

Phillips has been coaching volleyball for 13 years, starting out at Liberty Middle School in Chesterton, Ind. She later coached at Wheeler and Kankakee Valley highs and for Dunes Volleyball Club in the midwest.

Upon moving to California in 1998, Phillips coached for Vision Volleyball Club and currently coaches with Lokahi Volleyball Club. Beside her duties at Mountain View in 2001-02, Phillips led Blach Junior High's eighth-grade girls to a league crown.

Some of these girls will be trying out for the Mountain View team in the fall, along with players Phillips coached on the freshman squad last season.

"I am very excited about the show of interest in volleyball for next year," she said. "I am anticipating at least 50 or more girls trying out for the three different teams next year. I have been receiving very positive feedback and can't wait for the season to get started."

Phillips replaces Peter Kim, who Navarro said will continue as Mountain View's varsity boys volleyball coach.

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