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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

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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Honor Flight Network salutes vets with free trips to Washington, D.C., memorials


Photo By: Charles So/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Charles So/Special To The Town Crier

Paul McGrew, World War II U.S. Navy veteran, traveled with the Honor Flight Network to Washington, D.C., to view the memorial honoring his service.

The nonprofit Honor Flight Network provides trips free of charge for World War II veterans who have never visited the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. The visit offers the veterans an opportunity to reflect on their contributions, perhaps for the final time.

Paul McGrew, a World War II veteran and Los Altos resident for than 50 years, recently took such a trip with Honor Flight.

McGrew, 88, joined the U.S. Navy when he was 19 years old. He served during World War II and was stationed in the South Pacific on the Mindoro Islands in the Philippines.

During his service, McGrew saw action as part of the Aviation, Construction, Ordinance, Repair, Navy (ACORN) unit. An ACORN unit lands in potentially hostile territory and rapidly deploys radar and radio communications equipment, paving the way for an effective land-based operation.

The Honor Flight Network recognizes America’s veterans for their sacrifices, “paying a small tribute to those who gave so much,” according to the group’s website. Top priority is given to senior veterans – World War II survivors – and those who are terminally ill. Korean, then Vietnam veterans follow in sequence. The group salutes vets from around the U.S. with trips to Washington, D.C., to view their respective war memorials.

“Of all of the wars in recent memory, it was World War II that truly threatened our very existence as a nation – and as a culturally diverse, free society,” according to a statement from Honor Flight. “Now, with over 1,000 World War II veterans dying each day, our time to express our thanks to these brave men and women is running out.”

Although nearly 70 years have passed since McGrew and his comrades fought in the war in the Pacific, the memories and camaraderie remain. He traveled with 31 other veterans from Northern California to the nation’s capital.

“I was so pleased, so happy and so delighted,” said McGrew of the trip. “It meant a great deal to everyone – a lot of the guys were very emotional.”

During the trip, McGrew said, the veterans were extended the utmost appreciation and respect.

“Senator Bob Dole was one of the greeters when we landed in D.C.,” McGrew said.

For more information, visit www.honorflight.org or www.honorflightnorcal.org.

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