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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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Senior shuttle service set for spring launch

Photo Courtesy Of Nanci Cooper Nanci Cooper of Mountain View, founder of Cooper ElderCare Consulting, has applied for permits for First and Main, a shuttle service for seniors.

For most people, all it takes to get to the grocery store is a set of car keys. That’s not the case for many senior citizens, who may not feel comfortable driving anymore.

Older residents want to retain their independence, so they resist any hint of a caregiver in their homes. Helpful adult children offer to drive their parents to doctor’s appointments, but that gets old when family and job demands conflict.

Enter Mountain View resident Nanci Cooper, who has seen this scenario played out many times over the 30 years she’s worked with seniors, visiting them in their homes to cook or carry on conversations as a volunteer through a Santa Clara County program.

Her solution to the problem? First and Main, a senior shuttle service scheduled to ferry Los Altos seniors who live independently, not in assisted-living centers or other facilities.

Cooper is in the midst of securing the proper city permits, which she hopes to have by mid-April.

“Seniors often don’t want strangers in their homes, or they feel like the caregiver will just hang out,” said Cooper, who also runs Cooper ElderCare Consulting to solve dilemmas like this one and to recruit helpers. “The (adult) children are pushing the caregiver thing, but parents really don’t want it.”

First and Main will serve as an alternative to hiring full-time help, “just another tool,” Cooper said. Instead of having someone underfoot in their homes, seniors will be able to call 279-7616 for a ride anywhere within Los Altos, seven days a week. Seniors will get door-to-door pickups and drop-offs without reservations for $400 a month.

The cost will run less than it would to hire a caregiver, but more than depending on friends or relatives. Unlimited rides will be available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, with shorter hours – 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. – on Saturdays and Sundays, major holidays included.

Cooper’s next goal is to apply for grants to buy a disabled-friendly van, something she can’t afford now. Therefore, initially the shuttle service will accommodate only those active seniors who aren’t comfortable driving themselves anymore.

The success of the business depends on providing short trips, which Cooper said is the only way she could be profitable without a government subsidy. That means that she won’t service Los Altos Hills, but she hopes to expand in the future.

Cooper has two vehicles in her fleet and plans to be a driver.

For more information on First and Main or Cooper ElderCare Consulting, call 279-7616 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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