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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

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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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Business Briefs

Mtn. View library hosts workshop for job seekers

The Mountain View Public Library has scheduled a workshop for job seekers 7-8:30 p.m. today in the library’s Community Room, 585 Franklin St.

Pat Richards from NOVA, a non-profit, federally funded employment and training agency, will discuss the agency’s services, which include career advising, résumé help and networking strategies.

This event is free and open to the public. Drop-ins are welcome.

For more information, call 903-6337 or visit www.library.mountainview.gov.

Chamber of Commerce sponsors Business EXPO

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its 22nd annual Business EXPO 4-7 p.m. April 22 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Visitors to Business EXPO 2010 can discover the unique offerings of the Los Altos business community. The event will feature retailers, professionals, restaurateurs and service providers promoting their products and services and interacting with the public.

Local merchants and individual businesses will provide prizes and host raffles and drawings.

Business EXPO 2010 is co-sponsored by California Water Service, Cedar Crest Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and Courtyard by Marriott Palo Alto-Los Altos.

Admission is $5.

For more information, call Gayle Carter at 948-1455 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Coldwell donates to Second Harvest

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has donated $12,770 to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

Coldwell’s sales associates and staff in the Santa Clara and San Mateo County offices raised half of the amount during a fundraiser to benefit Bay Area food banks. The Coldwell Banker Community Fund matched the raised funds to further help the cause.

“We are very grateful for the support from Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage,” said Paul Ash, executive director of the San Francisco Food Bank. “The contributions will help the Food Bank to feed the growing number of hungry people in our community.”

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