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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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Pinewood senior goes in front of the camera on 'First Cut'

Getting tossed around by professional wrestlers, hobnobbing with Hollywood stars and attending theater openings is all in a day's work for 17-year-old Jon Chu, who is a special corespondent on the award-winning teen magazine show, "First Cut."

The Los Altos Hills resident made his television debut as the show's special correspondent in August, after being selected from among more than 150 other hopefuls.

Chu said he has always enjoyed being in the spotlight, but believes he was chosen as a corespondent for being a "computer nerd."

"I think I stood out because I'm weird," he said. "I just love computers."

Chu has even incorporated his portable computer, named "Devito," into the weekly show as his sidekick.

Producer Bertrand Pellegrin said Chu's computer knowledge was a bonus, but he selected Chu because "he is very charismatic and seemed like the right person."

Produced by the Special Projects unit of NewsCenter 4, the San Francisco-based show features news, music profiles, and technology and fashion stories by an all-teen reporter staff.

Since its premiere in 1993, the show has earned numerous awards, including two Emmy Awards.

Chu, who has filmed five episodes, is the special correspondent for the show's three-minute "Launch Pad" segment, in which he interviews musicians, celebrities and athletes one-on-one in the studio and also goes out into the field.

Chu said filming short segments is no easy task. Because the staff doesn't usually edit the final take, the three-minute interview has to be shot over if anyone makes a mistake, he said.

Chu said a 10-second spot can take up to 45 minutes to film.

"It's really hard because I'm just beginning," he said. "Everyone is watching you and telling you about all of your faults. It's a lot of pressure."

Chu said to alleviate any awkward moments with his guests, he wears a microphone in his ear as a security blanket and the producers discreetly coach him on what to say.

Chu said filming the show once a week, keeping up on current news, fulfilling his role as associate student body president at Pinewood School and maintaining his grades involves "lots of hard work and late nights."

Chu said he plans to pursue a career behind the camera as a producer. He is already a professional filmmaker who produces short films in his home studio for local companies and organizations, Chu said.

"First Cut" airs at 4 p.m., Saturdays on KRON-TV, channel 4.

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