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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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St. Francis/Bellarmine Football

Whenever St. Francis and Bellarmine meet on the gridiron, you can pretty much expect a low-scoring affair with plenty at stake between the two teams that get along as well as Republicans and Democrats.

Last Friday night was no exception, as a crowd of 8,000 fans filled Fisher Field to celebrate St. Francis' 40th anniversary and witness the top two teams in the Central Coast Section do battle for control of the West Catholic Athletic League.

Executing an eight-minute scoring drive in the second half, Bellarmine squeezed out a memorable 14-7 win over St. Francis to the end the Lancers' 23-game WCAL win streak and in all probability give the Bells the league title.

Bellarmine's ability to contain the Lancers' potent running attack with various defensive schemes propelled the Bells to its first victory over St. Francis since 1991.

St. Francis (3-1 league, 7-2 overall) opened the game in impressive fashion by marching 52 yards in nine plays, culminating on quarterback John Gall's 1-yard touchdown sneak for a 7-0 lead with 4:10 left in the first quarter. Charles Tharp gained 43 yards on the drive with four carries.

Bellarmine (3-0, 7-0) countered on its second possession to tie the game at 7-7. The 72-yard drive featured a 41-yard pass completion and ended on a Tim Foley 2-yard plunge with 11:06 remaining in the half.

Despite a 7-7 halftime score, the Lancers did not attempt a pass in the first half and were held to just 16 yards in 10 plays following their opening scoring drive.

With the Lancers struggling offensively, Bellarmine put together a series of plays in the second half that may forever be known to Bells fans as "The March."

The Bells took their second possession of the half and marched 81 yards in 15 plays - consuming a whopping 7:52 - to take a 14-7 lead on Blake Elliott's 1-yard run with 10:54 remaining in the game.

Bellarmine converted three third-down attempts on the drive with a variety of runs and short to medium passes.

St. Francis' final opportunity to pull even began at its own 3-yard line with 2:39 to play.

The Lancers converted a crucial third and 15 when Gall connected with Tharp for 32 yards to their 40 with a minute left. Following a 17-yard run by Gall and a 3-yard completion to Tim Cross, St. Francis called a timeout with 33 seconds remaining and the ball at the Bells' 40.

With the capacity crowd on its feet, Gall again hooked up with Tharp for a 24-yard gain. But Tharp was stripped of the ball at the Bellarmine 16-yard line, and the Bells recovered the loose ball to preserve victory.

Bellarmine outgained the Lancers in total yards 242-167. Tharp led the Lancers with 65 yards rushing on 11 carries; Gall completed four of seven passes for 66 yards.

There is a good chance St. Francis and Bellarmine will meet again in the CCS playoffs, where they have met seven times since 1979 with the Lancers winning four.

Bellarmine............0 7 0 7 - 14

St. Francis.............7 0 0 0 - 7

SF - Gall 1 run (Beall kick)

B - Foley 2 run (Hege kick)

B - Elliott 1 run (Hege kick)

Attendance - 8,000.

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