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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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OBITUARIES FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 24

YAMADA, Masaye Uriu,

Following her husband's death in 1975, Masaye became an enthusiastic amateur photographer, went back to college, and in her late 60s graduated from San Francisco State with a B.A. degree in Japanese language and culture. She was a second mother to many of her fellow students, enjoying photography field trips and their friendship and fellowship. She subsequently tutored students in English as a second language and mentored students from Japan. She studied brush painting, tea ceremony, koto, and Ikebana. She also enjoyed gardening and attending the opera.

Masaye moved to Dallas, Texas in 1995 to live with her daughter and son-in-law. She and her daughter built a house together so that Masaye could live with family. In her last 5 years, Masaye suffered a series of progressive health problems, through which she proved wonderfully resilient, adjusting gracefully to each new setback. Throughout her final months and years, she remained fun-loving and cheerful, sharing much laughter and forming bonds of love and friendship with her excellent caregivers Linda Macias and Carmen Hernandez, and winning the affection of all who came to know her.

Masaye was preceded in death by her husband Paul Yamada, her brother Isamu, and sister Tomiko. She is survived by her son Kenneth, daughter Joyce, her brothers Kiyoto, Masashi, Dale, Stanley, Clarence, her sisters Mitsuko, Fumiko, Haruye, and by numerous nephews and nieces, of whom she was very fond.

The Memorial Service will be at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 4243 Manuela Avenue, Palo Alto on Saturday, October 4 at 2:00 P.M. Inquiries may be directed to 214-943-5347 or e-mail to: In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Visiting Nurse Association, 1440 Mockingbird Lane, Suite #500, Dallas, TX 75247, who provided excellent hospice care for the final 1.5 years of Masaye's life, or to a charity of choice.

THRUSH, Margaret V., 88,

She is survied by her four sons; Todd of New Orleans, LA, Tom of Denver, CO, Tim of Los Altos, CA and Trent of Sunnyvale, CA; her brother John Clark and two sisters Jane Parker and Ann Auskings of Mt. Vernon, OH; two grandsons and several nieces and nephews; her husband, a TWA Captain, Roy Thrush; brothers Ralph and Charles Clark and sister Mildred Ewalt died previously.

Services will be held at Spangler Mortuaries in Los Altos at 12:00 noon on Friday, September 26. Donations can be sent to the United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos, CA 94024.

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