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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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Default notices and foreclosures down in Santa Clara County

Photo Town Crier File Photo Notices of default in Santa Clara County for the third quarter totaled 2,244, a 44.4 percent decrease from the same quarter last year.

 

Lenders sent out fewer default notices to Santa Clara County homeowners during the third quarter this year compared to the same period last year. Moreover, banks foreclosed on fewer houses and condominiums compared to the third quarter of 2009, according to MDA DataQuick.

The real estate information service reported a total of 2,244 default notices recorded in the county July through September. This number was down 44.4 percent from the third quarter of 2009, when 4,035 notices were recorded. Among the counties in the Bay Area, Santa Clara had the largest drop in notices of default.

Foreclosures in the county also fell from the same time last year. Trustees deeds recorded totaled 1,036 during the third quarter, down 16.2 percent from 1,237 in the third quarter of 2009.

Statewide, a total of 83,261 notices of default were recorded during the 2010 third quarter, up 18.9 percent from 70,051 in the prior quarter, but down 25.5 percent from 111,689 in the third quarter of 2009, according to DataQuick. Foreclosures peaked at 9,511 in the third quarter of 2008.

The report indicates that California’s high-end markets collectively saw mortgage defaults buck the marketwide trend and drop slightly quarter to quarter. The number fell slightly more on a year-over-year basis compared with the overall market. The concentration of defaults remains much higher in the less expensive areas.

“It’s anyone’s guess how the numbers will play out at year end,” said Jeff Bell, president of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors. “Many lenders aren’t keen on loan modifications, yet some have temporarily frozen or partially suspended foreclosures, so uncertainty continues and a full market recovery stalled.”

Foreclosure resales accounted for 35.5 percent of all California resale activity last quarter, down from a revised 35.8 percent the prior quarter, and down from 42.7 percent a year ago. The DataQuick report states that on primary mortgages, California homeowners were a median five months behind on their payments when the lender filed the notice of default. The borrowers owed a median $15,156 in back payments on a median $310,000 mortgage.

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors provided information for this article.

For more information, e-mail Rose Meily at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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