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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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Emily Cheng becomes first Asian mayor of Los Altos Hills

Veteran Los Altos Hills Councilwoman Emily Cheng was selected to serve as the town's new mayor June 19, marking the first time a person of Asian descent has held the position.

Mike O'Malley was chosen by council colleagues -- minus an absent Dean Warshawsky -- to be vice mayor during last week's regular town hall meeting.

Cheng was first elected to council in a special election in March 2000, then re-elected November in the regular election. She served as mayor pro tem prior to taking over the mayor's seat, a one-year rotating position.

Cheng said that during her year as mayor, she plans to focus on putting an end to the hills' drainage system problems, as well as carrying on the goals of outgoing Mayor Bob Fenwick, which include the construction of a new town hall, the undergrounding of utilities project and the continued development of the hills' pathway system.

"(Fenwick) was a great mayor, and I'd like to continue the job he started," Cheng pledged to the audience. "This is the town we all love, and I want to be sure that it remains something we can all love."

The vote for Cheng was unanimously approved by the present councilmembers and met with loud applause from a packed house of Los Altos Hills residents and members of the Bay Area's Asian-American community.

Former Mayor Toni Casey, who ended her council term in 2002, made an appearance to pledge support to Cheng and point out the significance of the event.

"It's such a huge privilege to have an Asian mayor for the first time in the history of this town," she said. "(Cheng) has certainly earned this honor."

Cheng's first order of business as mayor was nominating councilman O'Malley as her mayor pro tem, which council also unanimously approved.

On giving up his center chair to Cheng, Fenwick offered some lighthearted words of wisdom to his successor.

"I don't see how anyone could do this job and stay sane," he said. "It isn't easy, but if anyone can do it, I'm sure it's you, especially someone who has been through the election process twice."

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