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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

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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Prep softball & Water Polo

In one of the closer games on the Peninsula this season, Mercy-Burlingame downed Pinewood 9-8 last Tuesday to remain atop the Private Schools Athletic League with a 7-0 mark. Second-place Pinewood (6-2 league, 8-4 overall) started off shaky, allowing three runs in the first inning and trailing 6-1 after four frames.But thanks to a two-RBI triple by Kacey Scheppler, run-scoring single from Andrea Hajjarian and several walks, the Panthers cut the deficit to 6-5 in their half of the fifth. "We broke it open a little bit," said Pinewood Coach Christy Eustice. The Panthers' Kari Burnett then led off the next inning with a double and scored the tying run.Runs piled up for both teams in the seventh: Mercy scored three, but Pinewood could only answer with two, thus suffering its second loss to the league leaders this season. The Panthers' downfall was leaving nine runners stranded on base.On the pitching end, Scheppler (6-3) struck out nine and allowed five hits. From the plate, she raised her average to about .500 with a 3-for-4 performance (triple, double, single and three RBIs).Pinewood bounced back against Valley-Dublin on Thursday with a 10-4 victory. Leading the hit parade was Scheppler with three (and 15 Ks from the mound) and Ali Harvey with two. In Saturday's nonleague action, tough Menlo downed the Panthers 8-1.Although Pinewood couldn't crack Mercy during the regular season, it may get a shot at them in the Central Coast Section playoffs ­ if the Panthers qualify. Eustice said her team must win the rest of its league games (plus Saturday's nonleague meeting with Sacred Heart Prep) to contend for an at-large berth.

ADD SOFTBALL: In last weekend's Mission City Invitational, Los Altos (21-5 overall) beat Mitty 1-0 in the second round, but lost to Presentation 3-0 in the quarterfinals and again to Mitty 2-0 in the semis. Eagles Yma Garcia and Sabrina Quintero made the all-tournament team.Mountain View (17-6-1) also had a run-in with eventual Mission champ Presentation, losing 4-3. In league action last week, St. Francis got two hits apiece from Cindy Hirsch and Saskia Gazenbeek and strong pitching from Catherine Hallada to knock off Los Gatos 3-0. The Lancers are 3-3 in league.

GIRLS WATER POLO: St. Francis was the only local team to qualify for last week's Santa Clara Valley Athletic League playoffs. The Lancers downed Monta Vista 5-3 in the opening round on Wednesday, but lost to powerhouse Menlo-Atherton 12-4 the following day. Against Monta Vista, a strong defensive effort ­ led by goalie Sarah Wilhalm ­ pulled the Lancers through, said Coach Steve Yamamoto. St. Francis goal scorers included Crystal Melin (two), Ashley Scheel and Andrea Canning. But in the battle for third place ­ and a CCS playoff spot ­ Homestead beat St. Francis 6-4 on Friday, thus ending the Lancers' season with a 7-4 record.

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