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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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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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Senior community takes shape: Terraces at Los Altos eyes June finish for Phase 1 construction


Photo By: Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Photo By Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Construction continues at The Terraces at Los Altos. The memory-care building will feature 16 units.

Representatives of The Terraces at Los Altos are eyeing an early summer finish for the first of a three-phase, $100 million construction project.

Teri Conklin – vice president of sales and marketing for Seniority Inc., a subsidiary of the community’s parent company, American Baptist Homes of the West (ABHOW) – told the Town Crier that officials are anticipating the completion of a new 16-unit memory-care facility and a 30-unit skilled-nursing building sometime in June. In February, ABHOW announced that it received $71 million in financing through a bond issue, with the vast majority of it earmarked for the Los Altos project.

Still, Conklin said plenty of work remains on the expansion of the Pine Lane community, formerly known as Pilgrim Haven, which received Los Altos City Council approval in 2009.

“We’ve had a lot of good support from all of our residents, but it’s been a long journey,” said Conklin, noting that the company is approaching the one-year anniversary of its official groundbreaking ceremony. “In the past year, it’s been nice to see this project come to life.”

A tight timeline

Overall, Conklin said, ABHOW aims to provide a well-rounded slate of options for local seniors with the community’s expansion. That includes The Village – the community’s skilled-nursing facility – as well as The Grove, the community’s new memory-care unit, which will provide care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss.

The Grove, she noted, will use ABHOW’s “Best Friends Approach” memory support program, emphasizing safety, relationship-building and memory stimulation techniques.

“Our philosophy is that we focus on our residents’ abilities versus their inabilities. … We have to be in the moment with them, even if it is a long-held memory,” she said. “We spend a lot of time getting to know them and their families so that we can connect with them.”

Conklin said construction remains on a “very tight timeline,” pointing to the company’s 36-month construction window as part of the council’s approval for the project.

Once the project’s first phase wraps later this summer, she added, construction will have to continue without skipping a beat. After transitioning residents to the new completed buildings, crews will raze the community’s current health center building to start the remaining two phases of construction.

Among other things, the remaining phases at The Terraces call for 17 new assisted-living units – offered as studios and one-bedroom apartments – as well as 81 new one- and two-bedroom residential apartments. Nearly 75 percent of those new 81 units – 59 – have already been reserved, Conklin noted.

Coupled with existing residences on the site, the community will eventually boast a total of 30 assisted-living and 105 residential homes, including 16 below-market-rate units.

“There is very little choice in Los Altos by its nature as an established community,” Conklin said. “So if someone wants to stay in the community, there are not a lot of choices available to them. … We’re really excited to develop and provide this.”

Despite the remaining work, Conklin said company officials remain confident the project will be completed by summer 2015.

“There’s really no break,” she said with a chuckle. “We just have to keep moving along.”

For more information, visit www.theterracesatlosaltos.com.

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