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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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Taking a bite out of childhood hunger: Couple launches philanthropic arm of coupons.com


Photo By: ELLIE VAN HOUTTE/TOWN CRIER
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier Los Altos residents Michele and Steven Boal, founders of coupons.com, launched Coupons for Change to help feed hungry children.

 

Los Altos residents Michele and Steven Boal just made it easier for others to join the fight to eliminate childhood hunger nationwide.

In fact, all it takes is the click of a mouse.

The couple, who founded Mountain View-based coupons.com in 1998, Aug. 15 announced the launch of their company’s philanthropic arm, Coupons for Change, and its website, couponsforchange.org.

For every three coupons printed from the website and used by a consumer, one meal will be donated to Feeding America, according to Michele Boal, who serves as chief philanthropic officer for Coupons for Change. Feeding America, a national charity, feeds approximately 14 million children, 3 million of whom are 5 and younger.

Boal told the Town Crier the website seeks to empower those who want to give back but don’t always have the time or resources.

“Everyone wants to give back, but not everyone can,” said Boal, who noted that Coupons for Change offers several of the same brand-name coupons offered on the parent company website. “With this, we’re empowering everyone to give back in a simple way. Nothing is coming out of (the consumer’s) pockets. They get to stretch their dollars and help someone else in the process.”

The organization selected Feeding America, she added, because of its ability to impact those in need of one of life’s most basic necessities – food. According to Feeding America, more than 16 million children in the United States suffered food insecurity in 2010.

A mother of three, Boal said the thought of a child going to bed without food is “enough to make my stomach turn.”

“People sometimes get this idea that (childhood hunger) is hitting only a certain area, when it’s really everywhere,” she said. “Childhood hunger hides from no one. It is truly in all of our neighborhoods and schools. It’s happening all the time and you hear about it more than ever.”

To celebrate its launch, Coupons for Change attempted to set a Guinness World Record by making the largest lunch box – 90 inches long, 80 inches wide and 40 inches high. The giant lunchbox was 10 times the size of a traditional lunch box.

“The lunch box was a very symbolic thing for us,” she said.

Partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, InnVision Shelter Network and the San Francisco 49ers Foundation, the organization stuffed the lunch box with 400 backpacks filled with nutritious lunches. InnVision, which provides housing and support services for local homeless families, distributed the backpacks.

“We want to have the greatest impact we can,” said Boal, who expects to receive notice soon about the organization’s record-setting attempt. “We’re not capping (our goals) at a certain dollar amount. There are a lot of kids to help out there.”

For more information, visit www.couponsforchange.org.

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