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News

Election flyer mimics newspaper coverage

Election flyer mimics newspaper coverage

A flyer is being distributed across Los Altos that looks like it is from the Los Altos Town Crier but was neither created nor distributed by the community’s weekly newspaper. The flyer, pictured at right, is being distributed by workers from Pyrami...

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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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Comment

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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Pinewood stuns Eastside 48-36


Photo By: Town Crier file photo
Photo Town Crier File Photo

Pinewood guard Marissa Hing, driving to the basket in a early-round NorCal game, scored 17 points in Saturday’s final.

The Pinewood School girls basketball team may be known for its 3-point shooting, but the Panthers are proving they can win when those long-range shots aren’t falling.

Pinewood struggled to make 3s in the Northern California Division V semifinals and final last week, yet the Panthers won both games to advance to Friday’s state championship contest.

Pinewood beat Eastside Prep 48-36 in Saturday’s NorCal final at American Canyon High, despite making just five of its 23 3-point shots (21.7 percent). That follows a 37-30 win at Valley Christian-Dublin March 12 in which the third-seeded Panthers connected on only four of 27 shots from beyond the arc (14.8 percent).

“We’re finding a way to win,” coach Doc Scheppler said.

The Panthers (24-7) are clamping down on defense and scoring most of their points on drives and from the foul line. Pinewood sank 25 of its 29 free throws in Saturday’s win against top seed Eastside. That’s the most foul shots the Panthers have taken – and converted – all season.

“We got to the basket and made free throws at the end of the game,” Scheppler said. “Ten of them were in the last three minutes.”

Eastside (23-9) desperately fouled in the fourth to stop the clock but could not catch the Panthers. Pinewood never trailed, leading 21-13 at halftime and 34-16 entering the final quarter.

“We made the right plays early in the game to get comfortable in our surroundings,” Scheppler said. “We got off to a good start and into a flow, which we didn’t do in our past games against them.”

Pinewood entered the NorCal final 0-3 against Eastside this season (the teams both play in the West Bay Athletic League), losing each game by at least 13 points.

“This game we did things differently,” Scheppler said. “We tried a different defense and brought new sets and plays into the mix.”

Forward Leeana Bade paced the Panthers with 18 points – highlighted by a long 3-pointer in the second half that hit nothing but net as the shot clock expired – and guard Marissa Hing added 17.

Pinewood is slated to face Southern California champ Sierra Canyon in the state final 10 a.m. Friday at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena. Scheppler – who has led the Panthers to five state titles in six tries – considers the Trailblazers (26-9) a worthy adversary.

“They’re a really good team,” he said. “We’ve got our hands full.”

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