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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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Mitty runs past St. Francis

Friday’s high school football matchup between St. Francis and Mitty came down to the Lancers’ passing attack versus the Monarchs’ ground game, and the run won.

Mitty rushed for 338 yards in a 35-21 victory over host St. Francis, which passed for 232 yards.

“We knew they were going to load up to stop the run, so our plan was to pass,” Lancers coach Nick Navarro said. “Their plan was to run, and they did a good job.”

The Monarchs rushed for all five of their touchdowns, four in the first half to lead 28-14 at intermission.

The Lancers’ three touchdowns came on passes by Mike Lauck, who completed 22 of his 41 attempts in the West Catholic Athletic League contest. And those numbers could have been even better.

“We missed a couple of key catches,” said Navarro, whose team dropped to 3-3 in league and 4-5 overall. “There were three or four catchable balls to the wide outs that would have been first downs.”

With little room to run – the Lancers rushed for only 69 yards on 20 carries – St. Francis needed every catch it could get against a Mitty team (4-2 league, 7-2 overall) that has two shutouts this season.

St. Francis receiver Charlie Clark caught nine passes for 124 yards – both season highs – including a 30-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

“Charlie had a great game,” Navarro said. “He stepped up and did a phenomenal job.”

Fellow receiver Austin Woodard scored the Lancers’ initial touchdown, a 13-yard strike from Lauck that capped a 12-play, 80-yard drive. Patrick Fordham’s extra point evened the game at 7 with 2:42 left in the quarter.

The teams traded scores again midway through second quarter – with Clarke’s catch coming at the 5:19 mark – but the Monarchs pulled away before halftime. Halfback Chandler Ramirez, on the way to a 121-yard night, rushed for touchdowns of 28 and 3 yards.

After a scoreless third quarter, halfback Alex Andrighetto caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Lauck on fourth down with 1:36 to play. Fordham’s kick cut the Lancers’ deficit to seven.

Unable to recover the onside kick, St. Francis relied on the defense to get the ball back – and it nearly did. The Lancers hit quarterback Wyatt Hansen, forcing a fumble, but running back Kyle Evans scooped up the ball and raced 47 yards for a touchdown to put the game away.

“It didn’t turn out like we had hoped, but we fought hard in all aspects of the game,” Navarro said. “We always tell the kids, ‘We’ve got 24 hours to be upset and deal with it, and then let’s move on.’ It doesn’t get any easier next week with Serra.”

St. Francis is scheduled to visit Serra (5-1, 8-1) 1 p.m. Saturday.

Panthers prevail

Pinewood capped its eight-man football season with a 58-28 win at Stuart Hall, guaranteeing the Panthers second place in the Mission Trail Athletic League.

Pinewood’s Kevin Tracy threw for 188 yards and four touchdowns – two of them to halfback Owen Lewis, who also rushed for a pair of scores Saturday.

The Panthers (5-1) led 38-28 at halftime.

Eagles fall again

Los Altos didn’t have much to celebrate on homecoming, blanked 49-0 by Fremont Friday night at Foothill College.

The Eagles slumped to 0-5 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 0-9 overall.

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