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News

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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Town Crier Holiday Fund tops $55,000 with three weeks to go

The holiday spirit is alive and well in the Los Altos area. Readers have already made contributions to the Town Crier Holiday Fund in excess of original goals.

As of this press date, the fund had $55,000, well beyond publisher Paul Nyberg's original goal of $50,000 for the first-ever Town Crier Holiday Fund. A new goal of $60,000 has been set for Jan. 10.

The Los Altos Community Foundation has partnered with the Los Altos Town Crier to be the fiscal sponsor, assuring tax-deductible status for all donations. All administrative expenses are covered by the Town Crier, so that 100 percent of the money raised goes to programs for needy families and children in Santa Clara County. Target recipients are agencies or organizations that are underfunded and doing hands-on work with the needy, especially with families and children, Nyberg said.

"Donors have said that it is our special group of small organizations that has encouraged them to give," he said. "Most gifts range from $25 to $100, although 100 shares of Cisco stock have come from one anonymous donor and $10,000 was added last week by the Homer Family Foundation of Atherton."

Among the fund's beneficiaries are: Truck of Love, which provides food and clothing for the homeless and helpless; Mother Branch, who offers food for the hungry; Career Closet, offering clothing and career support for unemployed single moms; Help One Child, which provides foster parents recruitment and support.

Other recipients include: Bay Shore Christian Ministries, which provides after-school tutoring in East Palo Alto; a dental voucher program through the Community Services Agency; Community Homeless Alliance Ministry; and the East Palo Alto Kids Foundation, which focuses on kids and families learning together.

The Town Crier Holiday Fund was launched with $26,000 in matching grants which means the first $26,000 in contributions were doubled. Matching grants came from Claudia and Bill Coleman; Nan and Chuck Geschke; the Steven and Michele Kirsch Foundation; the Bill and Gay Krause Foundation; Paul and Liz Nyberg; and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Contributors should make checks payable to the Town Crier Holiday Fund. They may be delivered in person or mailed to the Town Crier, 138 Main St., Los Altos 94022, or contributed by phone with a credit card by calling Gail Vanderberg at the Town Crier office, 948-9000, ext. 335.

Stock gifts are also accepted.

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