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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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Local individual physicians join an IPA to offer better health care efficiency

The Santa Clara County Individual Practice Association (SCCIPA) recently announced the formation of a new senior management team and the startup of in-house administrative services designed to improve patient care and managed care efficiency.

This large and surprisingly little-known organization of 800 physicians in Santa Clara County choose to practice on their own, rather than join one of the medical clinics in San Jose, Sunnyvale or Palo Alto.

SCCIPA maintains hospital contracts with numerous hospitals in Santa Clara County, including El Camino Hospital in Mountain View. The administration also provides support to Coast Medical Clinic, an IPA that includes a number of physicians who practice at El Camino.

According to Beatrice Hoppe, public relations consultant for SCCIPA, the association has been behind the scenes for more than 10 years linking local physicians who practice medicine on their own. Presently, SCCIPA has more than 800 physicians and serves more than 100,000 local members through contracts with most California health maintenance organizations (HMOs).

"SCCIPA recently decided to invest in management and systems technology to provide their own members additional provider services. They have set up two after-hours programs to supplement medical care by their own physicians," Hoppe said.

The new programs include "On Call Advice," with registered nurses available by phone to help care for fevers, injuries or problems that come late at night or weekends when doctors' offices are closed. "Healthy Advice," a program that will help you take care of yourself through special classes on health issues such as having a baby, losing weight or stopping smoking.

According to Lawrence Bonham, M.D. chief executive and chief medical officer, two new additions were added to the senior management team to help streamline administrative services that link HMO members to the network of SCCIPA physicians.

Lawrence Williams, M.D. joined the IPA as medical director. The Los Altos resident formerly served as medical director for Foundation Health Preferred Administrators, where he developed innovative managed care systems and directed utilization review activities for 200,000 members of HMO and PPO plans.

Williams spent 20 years managing his private practice in oncology and internal medicine, and held leadership positions in El Camino Hospital programs for utilization review, quality management and information systems.

Randall D. Frakes joined the organization last year. He worked with Health Preferred Administrators (originally an El Camino start-up HMO) specializing in physician groups with capitated (payment limit) HMO contracts. He previously managed HMO and self-funded systems development for Blue Crass of California and Take Care. He will serve as executive vice president and chief operating officer

"When you join an HMO, the medical group or IPA you choose has a great impact on the care your receive," Hoppe said.

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