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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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Team effort propels Bobby Sox team to national tourney

Perhaps the best thing about Bobby Sox softball, according to Cathy DiLeonardo, is that if you're on the team, you'll get on the field.

"Everybody plays," said DiLeonardo, manager of the Mountain View Bobby Sox 4A Division All-Stars. "It's fair."

And in Mountain View's case, the 13 team members did more than just play. DiLeonardo said each one of them contributed to Mountain View's success this summer.

"It was every girl who made the difference for this team at some point or another," she said.

The team of 16-and-under players from Mountain View, Los Altos and Sunnyvale recently capped a season in which it "did the best any Mountain View team has ever done," DiLeonardo said.

After winning its district in dramatic fashion, the squad placed fifth out of 16 teams in the Bobby Sox National Tournament of Champions.

Mountain View went 2-2 at the double-elimination tourney, held Aug. 2-4 in Buena Park, and was the only team to knock off eventual champ Pico Rivera.

Mountain View's roster changed a little from the district to the national competitions - a few players had previous commitments - but others stepped up in their stead.

"They were incredible," said DiLeonardo, whose husband Carl was on her coaching staff. "They worked hard and everything turned out great."

Mountain View began the national with a pair of wins. The girls topped Claremont 10-7 in the opener, with half their runs coming in the first inning when they batted around.

"They came out hitting phenomenally," DiLeonardo said. "They did really well."

Mountain View then squeaked by host team Pico Rivera 2-1. Celeste Guasch helped preserve the victory by running down a long fly ball in the seventh inning with two outs and runners on.

"It was an incredible catch," DiLeonardo said. "I thought it was gone; the field didn't have fences."

Earlier in the game, Guasch stole home for what proved to be the winning run.

Mountain View was eliminated from the event with back-to-back losses to Lakeside and the same Pico Rivera team it beat earlier. Mountain View fell 7-1 to Lakeside and 8-2 to Pico Rivera.

In the district tourney, played June 29-30 in Milpitas, Mountain View won five of its six games to advance to the national.

DiLeonardo said Mountain View's "bats were alive" in the district competition.

Alicia Olmos totaled 10 hits to lead the team with a .588 batting average; Genny DiLeonardo hit safely in all six games (nine hits total) and led Mountain View in slugging percentage (.684); Briahna Rousseau, Caitlin Mulloy and Ellie Aragon each had seven hits; Stephanie Jackson blasted a grand slam; and Megan Keefhaver produced five hits.

The team's top pitchers for the season included Olmos and Keefhaver, with Ciara Mirana turning out what the manager described as "a gutsy" pitching performance in the district tourney.

Also helping out along the way with clutch plays in the field and at the plate were Venice Higareda, Patty Garnero, Dana Schmitz and Lindsay O'Hearn.

With such a young team - the players were all between the ages of 13-15 - DiLeonardo said Mountain View should be able make another run at the national title next summer.

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