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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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Excited about the local election season: Editorial

We’re encouraged to see the level of participation in this year’s general election. Only one race is uncontested.

One only need look at what’s going on to understand why the candidates have chosen to run. For instance, the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees is still embroiled in a fight over Bullis Charter School facilities, and the Los Altos City Council faces the high-profile impacts of building and renovating downtown.

Here’s our tentative election-coverage schedule:

Santa Clara County Board of Education, Area 1: See this week’s election preview on page 6 on the race between incumbent Grace Mah and challenger David Cortright, a Los Altos resident.

Los Altos Hills City Council: Three candidates announced their intention to run for three seats, so no election is necessary. Read the first in a series of profiles of the candidates this week on page 6.

Mountain View City Council: Six candidates are vying for four seats. Look for coverage in the Sept. 19 issue.

Los Altos School District Board of Trustees: Four candidates are competing for two seats. Expect coverage and candidate endorsements in the Sept. 19 issue.

Foothill-De Anza Board of Directors: Four candidates are battling for three seats. Coverage will appear Sept. 26.

County ballot measures A (one-eighth-of-a-cent sales tax) and B (Santa Clara Valley Water District funding): You’ll find a rundown and endorsements in the Sept. 26 issue.

El Camino Hospital District Board of Directors: Five candidates are running for three seats. Coverage and candidate endorsements are scheduled for the Oct. 3 issue.

Measure M (proposing a cap on top-tier executives at El Camino): Read the story and editorial Oct. 3.

Purissima Hills Water District Board of Directors: Four candidates are contending for three seats. Look for coverage Oct. 3.

Los Altos City Council: Six candidates are facing off for three seats. Coverage and candidate endorsements are slated for Oct. 10.

State propositions: Endorsements set for the Oct. 17 issue.

Congressional, state senate, assembly: Coverage scheduled in the Oct. 24 issue.

The voter registration deadline is Oct. 22. If you are not registered, we encourage you to make it a priority. See you at the polls.

You can read a full listing of Town Crier election coverage here.

 

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