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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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Leadership in government begins early for Los Altos Hills Youth Commissioners


Photo By: COURTESY OF LAH YOUTH COMMISSION
Photo Courtesy Of Lah Youth Commission The Halloween Monster Bash Dance is among the events the Los Altos Hills Youth Commission organizes.

Although Leonardo Patmore-Zarcone, a junior at Los Altos High School, expresses frustration with the way some adult members of the community stereotype him and other youth, he said he feels empowered to change that perspective through his leadership as co-chairman of the Los Altos Hills Youth Commission.

After learning about the Youth Commission through his mother, Patmore-Zarcone applied and began serving in spring 2010. Created in 2009 to connect local youth, the 20-member commission advises the Community Relations Committee.

“I’ve gotten more into how government works since I joined the commission,” said Patmore-Zarcone. “I’m inspired to be more involved in the community.”

Like their adult counterparts on the town’s 14 standing committees and commissions, Youth Commission members are appointed after submitting an application and presenting a 1-2 minute speech before the council. Even though many can’t yet drive or vote, these young volunteer commissioners take their civic responsibilities seriously.

“You should try (to attend all meetings) or you’ll be a bit uninformed,” said A.J. Uppal, a seventh-grader who attends Bullis Charter School.

Uppal serves as one of three associate members and looks forward to joining his older sister, Sonia, on the commission when a seat opens.

“You can create things and be involved with innovation – not just go on the computer and get your brain moldy,” he said.

 

In addition to attending meetings twice a month, the 20-member Los Altos Hills Youth Commission organizes several events a year, including the Halloween Monster Bash and a movie night for junior high school students.

At last month’s town Hoedown, commissioners coordinated the children’s craft tables, operated the cider press and served popcorn and ice cream. The commission also volunteers at the annual Pathways Run and the Los Altos Hills Town Picnic.

“The community gives us so much,” said Youth Commissioner Sonia Uppal, a freshman at Los Altos High School. “It’s a great way to give back.”

In the next few weeks, the Youth Commission will finalize logistics for the Halloween Monster Bash Dance, scheduled 7-10 p.m. Oct. 27 at American Legion Hall No. 558, 347 First St., Los Altos. The commission has already hired a disc jockey and selected decorations. It is now coordinating details for the food and drinks they plan to serve to area high school students.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Sonia Uppal, who is eager to see the rewards of her event-planning skills. “You get to meet other high school students from all over the city.”

For more information, visit facebook.com/LAHYC/events.

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