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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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Eagles & Spartans earn split

The schedule took some of the luster off Thursday’s track and field meet between high school rivals Mountain View and Los Altos – several standouts saved themselves for Friday’s Central Coast Section Top 8 Meet – but not all of it.

Los Altos’ last home meet of the season – and Mountain View’s regular-season finale – featured stellar showings by a slew of competitors, a few of whom set personal records.

“It was a good meet with many good performances and friendly crosstown rivalries,” Spartans coach Lance Thayer said.

The schools split the De Anza Division meet: the Los Altos boys prevailed 81-42; the Mountain View girls triumphed 78-43.

The Los Altos boys’ 4x100-meter relay “ran extremely fast,” co-head coach Dave Barth said, beating Mountain View by more than two seconds. The foursome – Chris Tien, Will Scheetz, Tyler Polen and Willem Van Eck – ran a personal-best time of 43.95.

“I am very proud of these boys,” Barth said. “They are all juniors and seniors who have been hard at work since freshman year.”

Three of these sprinters shined in the 100 dash as well. Tien placed first (11.59) and Polen and Van Eck tied for second (11.60).

Not to be outdone, the Los Altos girls’ 4x100 relay also ran its fastest time of the year. The team of Sarah Wobber, Amanda Mell, Kalie Oku and Romy Aboudarham ran a 51.17 to finish a close second to Mountain View (50.90).

Wobber then competed in the triple jump – “an event she never really does,” Barth said – and won by springing 32 feet, 11 inches.

The Los Altos girls’ four other wins came from Amanda Mell in the 200 dash (28.97) and long jump (15-7), Taylor Peterson in the 400 run (1:07.45) and Alexandria Bahl in the discus (87-10).

The Mountain View girls claimed 10 events, two courtesy of Kolisa Nhlapo. The junior won the 100 hurdles (17.87) and 300 hurdles (49.57).The Spartans also received wins from Krysta Korpontinos in the 100 dash (13.44), Amy Lynch in the 800 run (2:32.59), Carina Gwennap in the 1,600 run (5:41.08), Maya Weigel in the 3,200 run (12:12.14), Sydney Magana in the shot put (26-2), Sara Winick in the high jump (4-6) and the 4x400 relay team (4:46.79).

The Mountain View boys managed four wins: David Williams in the 300 hurdles (44.57), Zheng Teng in the 800 run (2:10.10), Eric Theil in the shot put (40-5) and the 4x400 relay (3:48.24).

The Yeager brothers – senior Danny and sophomore Brian – played major roles in the Eagles’ victory. Danny (15.93) and Brian (16.33) finished one-two in the 110 hurdles, Danny claimed the high jump (6-3), Brian won the triple jump (43-2) and his brother took third (41-4) in the event.

Los Altos’ other winners included Jerry Liu in the long jump (20-3.75), Dane Tippett in the 1,600 run (4:38.60), Arthur Bogdanovich in the 400 run (52.38), Andreas Godderis in the 3,200 run (10:23.54), Van Eck in the 200 dash (23.34) and Sami Fakalolo in the discus (133-08).

Friday at the Top 8 Meet in San Jose, Brian Yeager won the frosh-soph boys high jump (personal-record 6-2) and 65 hurdles, and placed second in the long jump.

In their best times of the season, Los Altos’ varsity boys and girls 4x400 relay teams placed third and 11th, respectively.

For more photos of the Los Altos High School and Mountain View High School Track and Field teams, click here.

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