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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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Local senior dancing all the way to 100

Photo Special To The Town Crier

Los Altos resident Regina Isbell, who enjoys line dancing, turns 100 on Sunday.

Regina Isbell turns 100 on Sunday, but the way she moves, you would never suspect it.

Especially when she line dances. Yes, line dances. Isbell faithfully arrives every Tuesday at the Los Altos Senior Center for her dance lessons, a weekly routine that goes back eight years.

"My motto is, ‘Keep on dancing,' said the active 99-year-old, a 55-year resident of Los Altos.

Isbell ascribes her longevity to "good genes," especially on her mother's side, where family members lived well into their 90s.

The native San Franciscan said she's always loved dancing.

"I've been dancing since I was (old) enough to put a record on my phonograph," Isbell said.

Still sharp, friendly and full of good humor, Isbell fondly remembers her youth, when she went dancing to Big Bands in San Francisco and Santa Cruz. When the Cocoanut Grove in Santa Cruz celebrated its 80th anniversary with a television advertisement, Isbell saw a photograph of dancers that looked familiar.

"Look, there, that's me," she said. "I went dancing every weekend."

She misses the dinner and dancing venues, along with such swinging bandleaders as Anson Weeks ("Come dancin' with Anson," she recalled the catch phrase), and yes, Lawrence Welk. She's still a bit disappointed in her local public television station for pulling Welk show reruns off the air.

She remains independent, living in the same North Los Altos neighborhood home she and her husband, Lawrence, moved into in 1954. Isbell has a knack for remembering details, like the 11 apricot trees that once occupied their backyard. She apparently has no need for a GPS, because she knows exactly what street is connected to another and which house or business is on that street. Until this year, when she could not pass the driver's exam due to poor vision, Isbell had been driving her own car.

She grew up in the Mission District and attended San Francisco State University. She worked as a teacher for 11 years before settling down to raise a family. Her son, Steven, in his 60s, visits her often and is planning a party for her birthday. Her neighbors also threw a party for her, as did the senior center.

"As long as I have my son and my three beautiful grandchildren, I feel lucky," Isbell said.

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