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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

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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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Spartans rally to beat Burlingame in football


Photo By: Courtesy of Pam Lytle
Photo Courtesy Of Pam Lytle

Los Altos High water polo player Paul Bergevin shoots against Homestead last week.

Putting their disappointing football opener behind them, the Mountain View High Spartans rallied to beat Burlingame 30-27 Friday.

Trailing 27-15 midway through the third quarter, visiting Mountain View scored the final 15 points to prevail. After fullback Chad Schaumburg scored on a short run late in the third, the Spartans received two points on a safety early in the fourth and quarterback Will Fischer-Colbrie tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Avery with just more than a minute to play (kick failed).

“Our quarterback came through for us,” coach Toure Carter said. “He’s getting more and more confident.”

The Spartans, shellacked 27-3 at home by Sacred Heart Prep the prior week, are scheduled to host rival Los Altos 7:30 p.m. Friday at Foothill College. It is Mountain View’s homecoming game.

The start of the season went from bad to really bad for Los Altos, as Sacred Heart Prep routed the visiting Eagles 70-0 Saturday. Los Altos, which lost its opener 53-8 to Santa Clara a week earlier, trailed 49-0 at halftime of Saturday’s non-league game.

“We did not execute on either side of the ball and specialty teams continue to have major issues,” coach Rudy Alcala said. “This week we will work on just fundamentals – catching, running, blocking and tackling.”

Boys water polo

Los Altos won a pair of games last week, topping Gunn 13-10 Sept. 11 and routing Homestead 15-7 Thursday. Sam Lisbonne scored seven goals versus Gunn and Ian McColl tallied six against Homestead.

Paced by Michael Magee’s five goals, Mountain View defeated Monta Vista 13-9 Thursday to remain undefeated (6-0).

St. Francis beat Serra 12-8 Sept. 12, helped by Jamie Olson’s five goals, to open the season.

Volleyball

St. Francis split its four matches at last weekend’s Mitty Varsity Tournament. The Lancers opened with wins over Oak Ridge and Dos Pueblos, then fell to host Mitty and Santa Margarita.

Earlier in the week, the Lancers (10-3) defeated Homestead and Menlo-Atherton in non-league play. Chloe Lott led St. Francis with 25 kills and 18 digs against Homestead Thursday; Cassie Wes tallied 13 kills in the Sept. 11 victory over Menlo-Atherton.

Los Altos’ four-game loss at Sacred Heart Prep Thursday evened the Eagles’ record at 4-4. Meghan McDermott notched 13 kills for Los Altos and Michelle Albright added eight.

Girls golf

St. Francis dropped to 0-3 with a 203-209 loss to St. Ignatius Sept. 12 at Shoreline Golf Links. Valerie Wang earned medalist honors by shooting a nine-hole score of 37 for the host Lancers.

Girls tennis

Los Altos claimed the Division 3 championship at the California High School Tennis Classic, held Sept. 7-8 in Fresno.

Host Mountain View edged Gunn 4-3 Sept. 12 behind wins from Vivian Li (No. 1 singles), Polina Gorshenina (No. 2), Sheila Ahi (No. 3) and Megan Joseph-Kaye Yap (No. 1 doubles).

Girls water polo

Mountain View fell 8-6 to Monta Vista Thursday, despite three goals from Emma Frerichs.

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