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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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Doughnut shop to reopen with new name, new owners

Heidi Pizzo, co-owner of Donut du Jour, believes that it's time to renovate the doughnut.

Pizzo and her father and co-owner, Daniel Cottrell, 59, who was a journeyman baker for 25 years, intend to make eating a doughnut an experience of important culinary distinction.

Their shop will host a grand opening June 16 on State Street.

"I want to tweak the doughnut industry and improve its image," Pizzo said, referring to the somewhat staid image of the traditional doughnut shop serving a grease-laden array of doughnuts under harsh fluorescent lighting with linoleum floors.

"We're tearing out the linoleum floors and putting down wood floors," Pizzo said. "And those pink-colored walls will be earth tones."

She intends to take on the challenge of bringing the doughnut into equal status among consumers with a taste for croissants, biscotti and lattes. "The doughnut shop industry hasn't modernized," Pizzo said.

Donut du Jour will occupy a 600-square-foot space that has held a doughnut shop continuously since 1965. Most recently, Lucky Donuts occupied the space for about 20 years, before selling to Pizzo and Cottrell in April.

Cottrell's baking expertise should ensure that Donut du Jour delivers a superior product, Pizzo said.

"Not only does my dad know how to bake doughnuts, he has a few tricks that he adds to the recipes," Pizzo said. "My dad is a baker. He has it in his blood. It's who he is."

"Our plan is to regularly offer new products and flavors," Pizzo said. "How about a coconut cream-filled doughnut rolled in burnt coconut?"

She envisions a shop where a customer can sip a cup of coffee, eat a doughnut and relax.

"I want to know my customers by name and I want them to know us."

The shop will serve imported Italian Illy coffee, a selection of teas, homemade hot chocolate, milk, bottled water and sodas.

Menu items are priced from less than $1 to $1.75.

Donut du Jour is located at 108 State St. Hours are 5 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays and 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call (408) 595-5923.

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