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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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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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Town grateful for committee volunteers: From the Mayor’s Desk

Los Altos Hills recently celebrated the contributions of volunteers who serve the town. There is a strong sense of community fabric in Los Altos Hills made possible by the two commissions, 13 standing committees and several special appointments. These volunteers augment the terrific work that our town staff performs every day.

The most important consideration for our town is emergency preparedness, and we have several organizations that address this imperative. The Community Emergency Response Team, which now boasts 187 members, trains neighbors to help neighbors in the event of an emergency. The Los Altos Hills County Fire District provides tremendous support by training and funding the program, and the Emergency Communications Committee, comprising local ham radio experts, augments their work.

There are several other public safety initiatives in town, including the Traffic Safety Committee, which focuses on assessing and mitigating traffic problems.

The Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition has partnered with the committee to educate cyclists and drivers on the courtesy required to share the road safely.

The Pathways Committee contributes to public safety by providing safe passage for walkers, runners and equestrians on Los Altos Hills’ 90 miles of pathways.

We have several other committees that provide invaluable services to residents. The Open Space Committee conducts training on topics ranging from sudden oak death to mountain lion education. The Water Conservation Committee provides guidance on how to landscape with minimal water consumption.

The Environmental Initiatives Committee has done extensive work to increase the town’s use of renewable energy and conduct money-saving energy audits of high-energy-consuming homes.

Many are familiar with the work of the Planning Commission, which provides objective guidelines for new and remodeled home development that balances the rights of owners with the property values of the neighborhood. The Environmental Design and Protection Committee collaborates closely with the Planning Commission to provide guidance on landscaping plans.

The Parks and Recreation Committee may be one of the most visible committees in town – it organizes the Hoedown, the Pathways Run, the Hopping Hounds Easter Biscuit Hunt, the Holiday Barn Lighting, Los Altos Hills Family events and several other activities. The committee also partners with Hidden Villa and Deer Hollow Farm to organize activities for Los Altos Hills residents.

Our other commissions and committees – History, Education, Community Relations, Youth, Senior and Finance – all add value to the quality of life in Los Altos Hills. Be assured that the town is grateful for the work, energy and time all of our volunteers contribute.

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