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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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Lancers fall to Falcons in NorCal semis


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier St. Francis High’s Khalil Johnson lays up a shot against College Park last week. The senior scored 20 points in the loss.

Fans of the St. Francis High boys basketball team left last week’s playoff game disappointed, but not without being entertained.

College Park edged the host Lancers 85-82 in a Northern California Division II semifinal played at the pace of a video game.

The teams, which combined for a whopping 57 points in the sizzling second quarter, gave the enthusiastic, near-capacity crowd plenty to cheer wildly about March 12. Tenth-seeded St. Francis (14-17) scored more points than it had in any game this season, but No. 11 College Park (26-5) of Pleasant Hill did just enough to overcome that by making pivotal plays when it mattered most.

“We shot the ball extremely well and it seems like on any other night we would have won by 20 with that kind of scoring,” St. Francis guard Nicholas Keyes said. “But they shot equally as well, if not better, and we could have just as easily lost by 20. But we didn’t – we stuck with them the whole time.”

The back-and-forth, up-and down contest featured 11 lead changes, six ties and a bevy of big shots – from dazzling drives to game-turning 3s.

“It was exciting and fun to watch,” St. Francis coach Mike Motil said. “Both teams had a hard time defending each other and both teams made a lot of shots.”

The Lancers shot 48 percent from the field – just 1 percent lower than the Falcons – and set a season high for 3-pointers.

“If you would have told us we would make 17 3s and lose, I would have told you, ‘No way,’” Motil said.

St. Francis opened the fourth quarter with a top-of-the-key 3 by forward Mike Lauck that put his team ahead 64-62. At the five-minute mark, the Lancers matched their biggest lead of the night, 74-68, on a drive by Keyes.

College Park scored eight of the next nine points, however, going ahead on guard Mikey Eggleton’s 3. The Lancers tied it at 76 on a free throw from guard Khalil Johnson, who scored 12 of his team-high 20 points in the fourth, but they failed to recapture the lead over the final 3:18.

It didn’t help that St. Francis played most of the fourth quarter without Khalil’s twin brother, Khalid. The standout point guard aggravated a nagging ankle injury two minutes into the period and didn’t return until 1:22 remained.

“We hung in there without our leader for the last five minutes of the fourth quarter,” Motil said. “Our kids did a really good job.”

Thirty-four seconds before Khalid removed the ice pack from his ankle and returned to the game, Khalil drilled a falling-back 3 that cut the Falcons’ lead to 81-79. But the Lancers’ next two possessions ended badly (turnover and air ball) and College Park extended its advantage on a dagger 3 by guard Seb Flores, who just beat the shot clock.

“We had opportunities,” Motil said. “We just didn’t convert, and they did.”

Down 84-79 with 15 seconds to play, St. Francis missed another 3-point attempt. College Park grabbed the rebound, leaving the Lancers no choice but to foul to stop the clock. Eggleton made one free throw for the last of his game-high 24 points.

Khaild buried a 3 in the final second to finish with 11 points. Guard Brycen Carbonel also scored 11 points for St. Francis – eight of them in the first quarter – and Lauck totaled 19.

The season didn’t end the way the Lancers had hoped, but Keyes said he’s proud of what they accomplished. After a rough start and a second-to-last-finish in the West Catholic Athletic League, St. Francis won the Central Coast Section Division II title and came within one win of the NorCal final.

“I had a great time with my teammates this year, and although it was a tough season at times, we all really turned it into one of the best seasons I could ever ask for,” he said.

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