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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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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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Community builders: MV cohousing project emphasizes socializing


Photo By: Rendering COURTESY OF MOUNTAIN VIEW COHOUSING COMMUNITY
Photo Rendering Courtesy Of Mountain View Cohousing Community

A rendering of the Mountain View Cohousing Community’s plans for a 19-unit condominium complex, above, highlights the addition of fruit and shade trees.

Construction is under way on the Mountain View Cohousing Community’s 19-unit condominium project at 445 Calderon Ave.

Few of the project’s future residents are more excited about it than Susan Burwen, founding member of the cohousing group.

“At long last, our dream of cohousing is becoming a reality,” she said at last month’s groundbreaking.

The Cohousing Community’s construction partner, Barry Swenson Builder, estimated that construction would take 15 months, with residents moving in as early as summer 2014.

The complex is the first cohousing community built from the ground up in Silicon Valley.

Burwen and her husband, David, are longtime Mountain View residents who initiated the idea. The cohousing concept, introduced in the 1980s, affords members the privacy of their own homes as well as the benefits of shared resources and neighbors with diverse interests. The project design features open space and trees.

“There’s underground parking so that we could have as much open space as possible,” she said.

The Burwens were inspired to promote the cohousing effort because Susan had experienced a similar living situation earlier in life and loved it. Cohousing offers an opportunity for older residents to live among friends instead of facing social isolation, she added.

“In cohousing, you have an emphasis on community,” she said. “It’s designed so that you’re likely to run into your neighbors when you go to get your mail.”

Among the common areas is a 6,000- square-foot community center, which includes fitness and media rooms.

According to Kent Gerber, senior project manager at Barry Swenson Builder, the new community is a first for the area.

“It’s an incredibly unique project, and (we are) honored to be part of something so meaningful to the city of Mountain View and the Peninsula,” he said.

Members of the Mountain View Cohousing Community purchased the land four years ago and engaged cohousing architect Chuck Durrett to design the project. The property will feature an organic garden, a number of new fruit and shade trees and an underground garage.

The city of Mountain View unanimously approved the project in 2011, and the Greenbelt Alliance endorsed its environmentally sustainable amenities.

Among its green advantages is its location. The close proximity to downtown and the Stevens Creek Trail should encourage residents to walk.

The historical Bakotich farmhouse previously located on the property, one of the oldest surviving structures in Mountain View, is set for restoration and will be retained on the site. The small house, built by Charles and Emma Abbott circa 1885, will become the project’s “front door” when relocated to a prominent position near the street.

Although the Burwens jumpstarted the project, several other prospective residents joined in the effort. Burwen said residents collaborated with the architect to design the layout.

“It was very much a group effort,” she said. “We already feel like a community.”

For more information, visit www.mountainviewcohousing.org.

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