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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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Council hears annexation request from residents

The Los Altos Hills City Council considered a plea from residents of West Loyola Drive last week to have their neighborhood - in the unincorporated San Antonio Hills area - annexed to the town.

Last week's request is among numerous attempts by annexation proponents over the years to move county-controlled properties into either Los Altos or Los Altos Hills. This push for annexation was sparked by Santa Clara County's practice of not providing the area with access to public sewer systems. West Loyola residents have instead relied on individual, private party septic systems, which have been gradually failing and in need of replacement for years.

The county, meanwhile, is directing property owners to incorporate into Los Altos Hills so that West Loyola residents could gain access to the town's Los Altos and Palo Alto sewer connections.

West Loyola's request comes on the heels of last year's approved annexation of the 54-acre Ravensbury Avenue neighborhood, where the town's sewer connections were also the driving factor.

This time around, Los Altos Hills stands to gain 65 acres from the San Antonio Hills territory, which comprises nearly 200 acres of what the council has deemed part of the "sphere of influence," or neighboring lands.

It was this very notion that perked up the ears of Los Altos Hills City Councilman Mike O' Malley during the March 6 town hall meeting.

"We have an obligation as good citizens of this town to annex them," he said. "Any area within the sphere is our duty to look after."

Obligated or not, gaining annexation could prove to be a bumpier road than West Loyola residents may have realized. The town has already reached its capacity for sewer contracts with the city of Los Altos, according to the town's planning director, Carl Cahill.

In addition, Los Altos Hills has typically stood by a policy of no city services to unincorporated areas in the past.

Another concern on the table is whether or not annexing the neighborhood would be advantageous for the town.

"Fiscally, there are very few developments that'll go on in that area," Councilman Breene Kerr said. "We have to ask whether this will be a benefit or a burden for us."

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