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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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Mary Phillips, 75, of Los Altos, Mercury News food editor

Mary Frances Phillips, former Los Altos resident and retired food editor for the San Jose Mercury News, died at her home in Aptos March 5 after a four-year battle with cancer. She was 75.

Mrs. Phillips was born Nov. 14, 1931, and raised in Phoenix, the first daughter of Frances and Granville Fuqua.

Her 40-year journalism career started at the Arizona Republic, a newspaper based in Phoenix, where she wrote feature stories and articles about food and fashion.

She joined the Mercury News in 1955 as a society reporter. She met William Phillips at the paper and married him in 1958.

"I was a copy boy and she was a society girl," Bill said of Mary.

In 1969, she was promoted to food editor and the family moved to Los Altos.

She collected numerous awards for writing and design, and she was a five-time first-place winner of the Vesta Award for producing the best food section in the country.

Mrs. Phillips was food editor for nearly 20 years before retiring in 1988. She and Bill subsequently moved to Aptos.

"She loved the fresh air and the warm, sandy beach," he said.

Mrs. Phillips enjoyed freelance writing and traveled to Italy, Sicily and France.

Her son, Steve Phillips, said she was partial to Italy, frequently visiting Tuscany, Florence and the Cinque Terre.

"Italian food was probably her specialty," Steve said.

Bill remembered one of her favorite creations, "Steve's Lasagna," created for her son, who now cooks it for his own family.

Mrs. Phillips loved to sample varied cuisines in her travels, visited many historic sites and developed lifelong friendships, including the couple's close relationship with chef Jacques Pepin.

Though she admired several world-renowned chefs, her husband said her favorite was local chef Robert Morris, former owner of Blacks Beach Café in Santa Cruz.

Mrs. Phillips and Steve were featured in a 2003 Town Crier article in which Steve received recognition for participating in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team In Training on behalf of his mother.

Mrs. Phillips is survived by her husband of 49 years, Bill; son Steve Phillips and his wife, Phyllis, of Los Altos; daughter Susan Norris and her husband, Garrett, of Fresno; three sisters, Granice Kennedy of Sacramento, Dorothy Moreira and Lynda Leon, both of Phoenix; one brother, Walter Ligocki, of Phoenix; and four grandchildren, Stephanie and Spencer Phillips of Los Altos and Nicola Vojvoda and Noelle Norris of Fresno.

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at Santa Cruz Memorial Oakwood Chapel, 3301 Paul Sweet Road, Santa Cruz.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society are preferred.

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