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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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Almond teacher honored as ‘Hero’ in the classroom


Photo By: Courtesy of Symetraheroes.com
Photo Courtesy Of Symetraheroes.com

Almond School’s Amy Shelley, right, with a San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush Cheerleader, accepts the Heroes in the Classroom Award.

Almond School sixth-grade teacher Amy Shelley recently received the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom Award.

The San Francisco 49ers and Symetra Financial partnered to initiate the Heroes program, which recognizes teachers who demonstrate outstanding dedication, leadership and instructional skills in the classroom.

Program representatives visited Shelley in class Nov. 28, awarding her a $1,000 donation to use in the classroom and two tickets to a 49ers home football game, where she will be recognized on the scoreboard during the game.

An Almond parent who wished to remain anonymous nominated Shelley for the award. In the nomination paperwork, the parent lauded Shelley’s achievements.

“(Amy) Shelley, in her young, brilliant career as an educator, has already achieved the kinds of milestones in her eight years of teaching that veterans would dream of,” the parent wrote. “She has been the beloved leader blazing the path for her colleagues to introduce and incorporate technology into teaching in ways that embrace the best of 21st century learning, vs. textbook delivery via a laptop.”

The parent praised Shelley for her influence in Almond’s Project Cornerstone program, whose mission is to “build a web of support around young people so that they grow into healthy, caring and responsible adults.”

“I feel so honored and grateful to be selected as one of the 49ers Heroes in the Classroom,” Shelley said in an email to the Town Crier. “Teachers continually work hard to create the best learning environment for their students and many times that consists of spending numerous late nights lesson planning, grading papers, emailing, exploring and creating new ways to engage the students each day.  It feels great to know that I work in a community of students and parents who recognize and appreciate this hard work that all teachers do each day for their students.”

Shelley’s nomination form details how she underscores for students the importance of giving back to the community. She and her students participate in coastal cleanup projects, recycle, compost and write letters to the government.

“She participates with the children and gives them a sense of value and self-worth,” the nomination papers stated.

Shelley serves on the Los Altos School District’s Technology Committee and trained 24 other district teachers in “iLearn,” a program that emphasizes technology integration.

“Amelia Shelley embodies all that she espouses – she is what she inspires others to be – intelligent, a self-directed learner, compassionate, humble and a global citizen,” her nomination stated. “Students and adults alike believe in what she is and what she says, and are motivated to take her challenges to self-improve.”

The parent who nominated Shelley for the award said her son was in Shelley’s class, and the highlight of his year was participating in the coastal cleanup.

“He was most impressed with how Ms. Shelley arrived at 10 a.m. on a beautiful Saturday to be with her sixth-grade students and pick up the materials that otherwise float to our waters and contaminate our sources,” the parent wrote.

Shelley said she loves to teach and treasures the little things.

“It is the small moments each day when students leave your classroom smiling or being sure to say ‘Have a good day’  and ‘Thank you’ that make the late nights and hard work worth it,” she said.

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