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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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MVLA breaks ground on new classrooms


Photo By: Images Courtesy of MVLA
Photo Images Courtesy Of Mvla Plans for a new building at Los Altos High School, above, feature a two-story structure with space for nine general-education classrooms and three art classrooms.

Crews officially began construction at Mountain View and Los Altos high schools this week, breaking ground on 24 new classrooms between the campuses.

The classroom additions are among the projects funded by the 2010 $41.3 million Measure A bond. Joe White, associate superintendent for business services, said the cost of constructing new classrooms, including classroom renovations, is approximately $18 million to $19 million.

“These buildings were not only designed to provide state-of-the-art classrooms, but will also be sustainable,” he said.

White said they are building to a minimum LEED Silver rating to “ensure our classrooms are energy efficient, comfortable and built with techniques that are sustainable to the environment.”

At Los Altos High, plans include a two-story building that will house nine general-education classrooms and three art rooms. White said the building would be located directly behind the current weight room, adjacent to the athletic fields.

Two single-story buildings will host Mountain View High’s new classrooms. A larger building will include a wing of nine general-education classrooms. A second building will comprise three science classrooms (an earth science and two physics rooms), including prep space for the science classes. The new row of classes will stand along Bryant Avenue next to the current Wing 100.

In addition to the new classroom buildings, the district plans to repurpose and renovate several existing classrooms.

The existing art classrooms at Los Altos High, replaced in the new buildings, will be repurposed to serve as chemistry and biology classroom space. The existing physics classrooms at Mountain View High, scheduled for replacement and updating in the new buildings, will be renovated as chemistry and biology classrooms.

The buildings, designed by Sugimura Finney Architects and managed by Kramer Project Development Co., are scheduled for completion in August 2013, in time for the expected sharp increase in enrollment. Renovations of classrooms will follow after the 2013-2014 school year begins.

For more information, visit www.mvla.net/BONDINFO.

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