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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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Local robotics team performs well in worldwide competition

Photo Noriko Kageki/Special To The Town Crier

Green Ma-cHHHHine team members, from left, Timmy Beckmann, Robbie Kalb, Jack Marquez and Eric Beckmann celebrate their VEX Robotics Excellence Award in Florida this month.

A local robotics team that includes Mountain View High School students earned high marks at an international competition this month.

The Green MacHHHHine independent robotics team traveled to Florida April 14-16 to compete in the VEX World Championships, their first foray into VEX robotics action.

“It was great fun, and we had a great time seeing everyone’s robots,” said team member and Mountain View High student Robbie Kalb in an email to the Town Crier. “There were many countries represented there.”

The competition featured four divisions, each comprising 104 teams. The Green MacHHHHine team, ranked 10th in its division, reached the semifinal round (allied with teams from Indiana and Puerto Rico), scored eighth in the world programming skills challenge and won the divisional Excellence Award.

Kalb said the team is most proud of the Excellence Award, given to the top team in each of the four divisions at the tournament. The award, the highest honor in the VEX Robotics Competition, is won by the team that exemplifies excellence in building a well-rounded robotics program. An Excellence Award-winning team not only shows a high level of engineering skill with a competitive robot on the field, but is also a strong contender in numerous judged awards off the field, he added.

“Our mentor said that a first-year team’s winning an award as prestigious as the Excellence Award is flat-out amazing, and winning it at the World Championship level is unheard of,” Kalb said. “Out of over 3,600 VEX teams worldwide, only four had the distinction of being named Division Excellence Award Winners. We’re really pleased with how our team performed in our first year of VEX.”

Kalb said his team, which began with no funding, has secured sponsorship from private donors and local companies, including Kollmorgen and Intuitive Surgical Inc.

The team belonged to a different robotics league last year, and many of its senior members graduated. Their experiences on the robotics team have served them well, Kalb said. Several alumni are working toward engineering degrees at top universities.

For more information, visit www.greenmachhhhine.com or www.vexrobotics.com.

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