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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

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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Relief for cancer patients: Stanford University's new Cancer Center Complex offers services und

The Stanford University School of Medicine on March 1 opened its new Cancer Center Complex specializing in cancer treatment and research.

Dr. Richard Hoppe, a Los Altos resident for 23 years and chairman of Stanford's department of radiation oncology, was involved in designing the building's concept and determining how different cancer treatment programs could be merged in the new center. He said the improvements the new center brings can be grouped in three categories: improved patient amenities and ambiance; departments consolidated in one location; and the addition of new technologies - particularly the addition of the PET/CT scanner called the GE Discovery. The machine combines x-rays and nuclear imaging techniques to pinpoint tumors for radiation. There are only two such machines in the nation. The other PET/CT scanner is located in Houston, Texas.

Planning for the building began 10 years ago and was finished in 1997. But it took three years for the city of Palo Alto to approve the plans. The Cancer Center Complex is a four-story building, of which three floors are devoted to oncology. It has four times the capacity of the old cancer treatment facility.

Hoppe said the numerous facilities for cancer treatment used to be scattered throughout Stanford Medical Center. In the new building the clinics and medical departments are located in one place.

"This provides for an opportunity for (doctors) to interact, not just in the context of talking about patients but also brainstorming new ideas in cancer treatment," he said. "Some of the breakthroughs in cancer treatment came from Stanford, and we expect that to happen in the future."

The design of the new center is also more convenient for patients. Catherine Sleight, whose colon cancer has been treated at Stanford for two years, has undergone treatment from each of the three main departments - radiation oncology, medical oncology and surgical oncology - before they were consolidated at the center.

"A lot of your energy - of which cancer patients don't have very much - was spent trying to negotiate around the hospital," she said. "One really wonderful thing the new center does is bring everyone together and give them more of a sense of community. I think a really special thing (is) for a cancer patient to feel included rather than off on their own trying to forge their way through a system. It's a more supportive, caring feeling."

The new center's design includes many amenities for patients: meditation rooms, a cyber café, a health library, a Zen garden and a state-of-the-art Infusion Center. The facility also provides valet and concierge services to assist patients.

"When you come into the new Stanford Center, there's a desk with a concierge who will connect you with a volunteer trained to help you make your way through the cancer center," said Sleight. "It helps you form (a) chain of people (who) become the community that will take care of you."

"We consider (the new center) to be a really important community resource," said Hoppe. "We want people in the community to have (the) ability to be treated here."

For more information call the main triage number: (877) 668-7535.

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