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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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Kiwanis Club chips in to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus worldwide


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The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos has joined forces to help eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus by 2015. A woman in Ghana receives a tetanus shot to increase her chances of healthy future births.

A local community group is playing a role in erasing maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) worldwide.

Douglas Roberts, who serves as a director for the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos, said his organization is raising funds locally to help eradicate MNT as part of the Eliminate Project – an effort in partnership with Kiwanis International and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The international organizations founded the project in 2011 with the goal of eliminating MNT in impoverished areas throughout the world by 2015. The effort means Kiwanis International must raise $110 million to fund the hiring of medical staffs and provide tetanus vaccinations to more than 100 million mothers and babies.

The local group serves as a “model club” for the global campaign, pledging at least $750 fundraised per member for an overall club goal of more than $20,000.

So far, the club has raised approximately $9,000 – which includes personal commitments of more than $1,000 each by four members.

Among other things, the club donates one vaccination – at a cost of approximately $1.80 per dose – for every Christmas tree sold each holiday season at its local tree lot to support the project.

“We do a lot of fundraising that brings in money here and there, but this is our big one,” Roberts said of his club, known for sponsoring Los Altos’ pet parade each year. “This (project) is important – we want people to patronize our (Christmas) tree lot every year.”

Roberts added that his club is currently creating partnerships with local nonprofit organizations for the effort, leading to approximately $1,000 in cash and pledges received thus far. In addition, the club recently pledged to raise $150 per month earmarked for meals provided at weekly club meetings – and paid for through membership dues – in favor of a monthly potluck.

“We’re committed to bringing our own lunch,” he said. “The money we save will go to Eliminate (Project). We’re scratching for every dollar we can.”

Eradicating MNT

According to UNICEF, MNT infections are common in regions where childbirth deliveries typically occur in unhygienic settings. Worldwide, one baby dies every nine minutes from MNT.

Infections are caused when tetanus spores – found in soil – come into contact with open cuts during birth, leading to heartbreaking and debilitating effects, including painful convulsions and sensitivity to touch and light.

“There are babies dying all the time and it’s a painful death,” said Roberts, a 10-year member of Los Altos Kiwanis. “In fact, it’s so painful that the mothers can’t even touch their babies – they can’t comfort them at all. Can you imagine? There are these unsanitary conditions where babies are born on a dirt floor, the umbilical cord gets cut and it picks up the bacteria. The only way to properly protect the mother and child is with this inoculation.”

To date, the international project has seen its fair share of early success, raising approximately $27 million in cash and pledges through February toward its overall goal. According to Kiwanis International, the effort has led to the elimination of MNT in nine countries – including seven in 2012 alone. Still, 30 countries remain where MNT is prevalent in the poorest communities.

Roberts said that while Christmas trees may be tough to come by in the spring, residents can contribute to the effort year round by donating through the Los Altos Kiwanis Club website.

“The (UNICEF) system is in place – they’ve done all the work creating connections in these countries. All they need now is the money to buy the vaccinations,” Roberts said. “They’re confident that they can eliminate this in the remaining countries in the world. … It’s a big deal.”

To donate or for more information, visit www.losaltoskiwanis.org. Donors can also send contributions to the Los Altos Kiwanis Foundation at PO Box 484, Los Altos 94023.

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