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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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'Sully' lands in Cupertino for Celebrity Forum

Sullenberger

Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III, hailed as a hero for crash-landing an Airbus A320 on the Hudson River and sparing the lives of 155 passengers and crew, told a Celebrity Forum audience Oct. 1 that his story is that of “an ordinary person who found himself in extraordinary circumstances.”

After disabled US Airways Flight 1549 landed safely on the water in Manhattan in January 2009, Sullenberger, thrust instantly into the media spotlight, achieved what he jokingly called “Santa Claus status,” with mail arriving at his Danville home marked simply “Hero Pilot.”

Sullenberger said the outpouring of support – letters, e-mails, Facebook fan pages, keys to cities – from around the world was humbling.

“We received thanks from every continent on the planet,” he said.

With the “Miracle on the Hudson” now 18 months in the rearview mirror, Sullenberger has taken time to process what happened and ponder why the event struck such a chord.

He concluded that the fateful landing happened at a time when the world was in the throes of a financial meltdown and “people were actively searching for good news.”

“It was seen as life-affirming – it gave people hope,” he said.

Sullenberger credited his four crewmembers – and first-responders to the crash, who sent ferries and blankets within four minutes of splashdown – and said Flight 1549 is a reminder of what’s at stake when we fly. People tend to forget, he said, how modern an endeavor flying is – the Wright Brothers first took flight only 106 years ago.

“We make it look easy, but it’s not,” he said. “It’s hard. Flying requires skill that rises to the level of mastery.”

It’s not uncommon to be unfamiliar with your crew, Sullenberger said – he and his first officer and three flight attendants met for the first time three days before the crash. And though he believes that as captain “everything, ultimately, is my responsibility,” hearing his fellow crewmembers performing their jobs during the landing inspired confidence in him.

A “realistic optimism” set in, Sullenberger said, a duality of mind – he and his crew could achieve goals while at the same time confronting immediate and dangerous circumstances.

“We never stopped working as a team that day,” he said. “I am very proud of the fact that the crew and I were up to the challenges we faced that day.”

In hindsight, would he do anything differently?

“Given the outcome, I would be reluctant to change anything about that day,” he said.

In the aftermath of the emergency landing, Sullenberger has made it his mission to advocate airline safety and use his newfound celebrity to advance charitable causes.

“I feel an intense obligation to use this situation for good,” he said.

As for the future, Hollywood’s calling. Producers have optioned the movie rights to Sullenberger’s memoir, and the captain laughingly said he expects George Clooney to play him.

Celebrity Forum has scheduled paleontologist Louise Leakey, Ph.D., to speak Oct. 27-29 at Flint Center at De Anza College in Cupertino. For tickets and more information, visit www.celebrityforum.net.

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