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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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Wealthy put their 'trust' in Northern

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Northern Trust has been trying to establish a presence in Los Altos over the past year. The 113-year-old Chicago-based holding company recently moved into its new building on Third Street, and most of us will be able to enjoy its range of services.

Northern Trust has a sophisticated array of private banking and trust services, along with world-class asset management capabilities. It has 82 offices in the United States, with assets that totaled $38.2 billion at the end of the first quarter.

"We are not designed to be a retail bank on every corner," said Jeffrey F. Yoakum, vice president. "We work with successful individuals and families to preserve and help grow their assets. Our intent is to provide distinct needs with customized services."

Northern Trust is one of the country's leading providers of trust and management services. It manages more than $337 billion in corporate and personal assets that consistently outperform leading market indices.

Yoakum remarked that Northern Trust is in good hands and in command of its future.

"We are still in our original charter for 113 years and never had a merger with other banks," he said. "The founding family owns 14 percent of the shares, and 29 percent of the stock is owned by the family, management and employees."

Northern Trust has spent more than $800 million on development of leading-edge technology in the financial structure.

Any client with a modem can review their Northern Trust account on the Internet.

As the private client service officer of the bank, Yoakum is responsible for business development. His responsibilities include talking to prospective clients and introducing the bank's services to the community.

Confidentiality is valued at Northern Trust. "We respect the client's desire to keep finances a private matter," Yoakum said.

Yoakum works with local attorneys and accountants to provide information on how the bank can relate to clients' needs. He is also empowered to work with non-profits locally.

"We have received a very warm reception from the community," Yoakum said. "And we have partnered with different local community organizations to help support their success."

Northern Trust has supported the Los Altos History Museum, Foothill and De Anza colleges, Los Altos Senior Center and numerous other local institutions.

The new Northern Trust building has several meeting rooms available for community use. The first meeting will be held Nov. 14, when the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce and LAVA will hold a special meeting to discuss issues that concern the city's future.

Yoakum said navigating the maze of financial alternatives available at the trust could be overwhelming. The services include providing a line of credit, customized loans, mortgage services, portfolio management and stock option financing. "Our management can guide you along the entire financial journey."

Northern Trust is located at 270 Third St., Los Altos. For more information on the bank's services, call 917-0234.

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