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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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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

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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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New coach Plumer, two-time Olympian, pushes Eagles to succeed in cross country: Prep sports summary

Patti Sue Plumer has a racer's mentality, and that's how she approaches her new job as Los Altos High cross-country coach.

A former distance champ who competed in two Olympics, Plumer knows what it takes to succeed in the sport. That's why she is constantly challenging her Eagles to push themselves - whether it be working harder in practice or running faster in meets.

"My emphasis is on training them to race," said Plumer, who has coached at alma mater Stanford University and Menlo College. "Your muscles will hurt - it's a process of getting fit. If you don't embrace the pain, you're not going to be very good."

It's the sort of advice that's probably easier to digest when it comes from someone who once held the U.S. women's record in the 5,000-meter run.

"Because of my background, I think they're more willing to accept that way of training. They're more willing to take risks and chances," the 44-year-old said. "I want them to overcome their fears, and it helps that I've been through it."

Thus far, the coach is pleased by the team's response.

"I'm very impressed with the quality of kids - and not just their athleticism," said Plumer, who moved to Los Altos with her husband and two daughters in 2003. "They work hard and take chances. Some say they're too sore, but they do it."

Plumer has a healthy roster of 75, though only 20 of them are girls. Her top runners are Alec Nickolls on the boys' side and Caitlin Russell among the girls. Both "are doing a great job," Plumer said. At last week's Central Park Invitational in Santa Clara, they each placed fifth in their division. Nickolls finished 10 seconds faster than he did at last year's meet; Russell improved by 35 seconds.

Team-wise, Los Altos' best finish came Sept. 21 at the Saratoga Scrimmage. The boys won their division and the girls placed third.

The season will get more difficult once league begins next week, as the Eagles have been elevated to the SCVAL De Anza Division this season. Plumer, however, is not one to back away from challenges.

"Patti Sue is always successful with what she sets her mind to," said Joy Upshaw Margerum, who coached with Plumer at Menlo. "She has many good coaching workouts to share and is filled with terrific stories from the past which motivate the kids. Los Altos High is so lucky to have her as the cross country coach. She will do a great job."

A job Plumer said has been made easier by parent volunteers.

"I'd be lost without them," she said. "They've allowed me to concentrate on coaching, and I'm having a great time. I love the team."

Volleyball

Lauren Copenhagen led the Lancers with eight kills; Lexi Aiassa and Kaitlin Baxter added seven each. Nicole Merslich recorded a team-best six blocks in Saturday's title match.

St. Francis didn't lose a match in the two-day tournament and improved to 25-1 overall.

Los Altos won both its matches last week, improving to 3-1 in the SCVAL De Anza Division and 9-7 overall. The Eagles swept rival Mountain View Sept. 26 and Homestead Thursday.

Christan Schaefer was Los Altos' kill leader in both matches, notching nine against visiting Mountain View and 17 versus host Homestead. Erin Saliba had five service aces Thursday.

Field hockey

The Eagles edged Live Oak 2-1 Sept. 25 and blanked Leigh 3-0 Sept. 27.

Los Altos followed this by winning the championship at its third annual tournament over the weekend. The Eagles topped St. Ignatius 1-0 in the final on a goal by Lindsay Mott.

Girls tennis

Top singles player Maxine Lim won both her matches in straight sets. Mithys Srinivason played No. 2 singles against St. Lawrence and Liza Belagolovsky manned that spot versus Redwood Christian, with both posting straight-set victories.

Girls water polo

Lauren Wyckoff led Los Altos with six goals; Rachel Levin and Alex Kaufman added two each. Eagles goalie Cassandra Wyckoff made 11 saves and two steals.

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