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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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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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Mtn. View edges Burlingame in lacrosse

In what Mountain View High boys lacrosse team coach Joe Juter described as “a barn burner of a game,” the Spartans extinguished Burlingame 6-5 April 17.

After its two-goal lead dwindled to one late in the game, host Mountain View went on the defensive.

“It was defense – 100 percent,” Juter said in explaining how the Spartans held on for the win. “Our goalie (Matt Ford) was fantastic.”

Offensively, Mountain View employed a balanced attack to beat Burlingame. Kyle Arrillaga and Grant Wineman scored two goals each; Bryce Joerger and Nico Nagle added one apiece.

The victory boosted the Spartans’ record to 7-7 overall and 4-3 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division. With five games remaining, Mountain View is tied for third place; the top four teams make the league playoffs.

“It’s all very tight,” Juter said. “A lot of scenarios can play out.”

The Spartans missed the playoffs last season for the first time. They qualified the previous three years, reaching the final twice.

Baseball

Los Altos struggled against Saratoga last week, losing the two league games by a combined 23-9.

After falling 17-9 in the series opener April 17, the Eagles were blanked 6-0 Friday at home. Los Altos slumped to 5-7 in the De Anza Division and 10-11 overall.

The Eagles tallied 10 hits in the first game, which included a two-run homer by Steven McLean. Daniel Pefley notched three hits and pitched the final 2 2/3 innings in relief of Trevor Rogers.

Saratoga (8-4 league, 14-7 overall) limited Los Altos to three hits Friday.

St. Francis won its three games last week to keep pace with Serra in the West Catholic Athletic League. Both teams are tied atop the standings at 9-1; St. Francis improved to 22-1 overall.

The Lancers routed Riordan 9-0 April 16, mauled Mitty 14-3 Friday and slipped by Sacred Heart Cathedral 2-1 Saturday.

Tyler Deason earned the save Saturday – his fourth of the season – and went 1-for-3 at the plate with a run scored. Richard Boe (2-0) earned the win.

St. Francis’ 14 hits Friday included a homer by Timothy Susnara and two doubles each from Champi Lucca and Michael Strem, the winning pitcher.

Softball

Santa Clara had more hits, but Mountain View scored more runs in last week’s road win. The Spartans prevailed 9-5, raising their record to 4-3 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 8-9 overall.

Mountain View scored the first nine runs of the game – starting with five in the third inning – and withstood a late surge by the Bruins, who outhit the Spartans 10-8.

Winning pitcher Athena Bolin (5-4) went the distance, surrendering three earned runs. She also drove in a run. Nicole Nakahama went 2-for-2 (both doubles) with a pair of RBIs and two runs scored.

St. Francis belted three home runs and pasted Presentation 7-1 in WCAL play April 16.

Amanda Delfino, Carolyn McGuire and Lauren Wahler homered for the host Lancers (4-3 league, 11-9-1 overall). Jackie Hinojosa went 3-for-4 and winning pitcher Madison Chandler (3-1) added two hits, one a double.

Pinewood routed Immaculate Conception 16-1 April 16 behind the arm and bat of Morgan Tomberlin, whom coach Megan Finney dubbed “player of the game.” Tomberlin struck out four batters on the way to earning the win and was 2-for-3 at the plate.

Angelina Mapa added a homer, while Juka Kim and Eri Yoshimoto both doubled.

The Panthers improved to 3-1 in the West Bay Athletic League.

Boys tennis

Pinewood freshman Gabe Owens avenged his lone loss of the season, beating Menlo senior William Boyd in last week’s rematch of the WBAL’s best singles players. Owens prevailed 6-4, 4-6, 13-11 at Menlo.

Panthers coach Craig Corfield described Owens’ April 16 effort as a “huge win.”

It was also Pinewood’s lone win against first-place Menlo.

Los Altos swept the singles in beating Palo Alto 6-1 April 16. The Eagles won all four singles matches in straight sets, with Anthony Bello prevailing 6-2, 6-4 at the top spot and Spencer Simonides winning 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2.

Visiting Los Altos’ lone loss in the De Anza Division match came at No. 2 doubles. The Eagles’ top duo, Braden Holt and Christian Beck, triumphed 6-4, 6-4.

Los Altos improved to 13-3 overall and 9-2 in league.

St. Francis defeated Riordan 6-0 Thursday in WCAL action. Neel Ramachandran triumphed 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 singles.

Golf

Led by Los Altos Hills resident Andrew Buchanan, Menlo topped Pinewood 196-201 April 17 at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club. Medalist Buchanan shot an even-par 35 for the Knights (8-0).

Boys volleyball

Mountain View clobbered King’s Academy 25-14, 25-23, 25-16 Friday to remain undefeated. The Spartans boosted their record to 8-0 in the De Anza Division and 22-0 overall.

Kurt Dentinger notched nine kills and six aces for Mountain View, while Alec McDonald posted five kills, three blocks and three aces.

After a three-win week, upstart Los Altos improved to 8-2 in the El Camino Division. The Eagles, in their inaugural season, are in a three-way tie for first place with two weeks left in the regular season.

In between sweeps of Santa Clara and Sacred Heart Prep last week, Los Altos (8-6 overall) defeated Wilcox in four games. Freshman setter Nathan Smith recorded 41 assists in Friday’s win at Santa Clara, while Ian McColl added 14 kills and “two huge blocks,” coach Dave Radford said.

St. Francis toppled visiting Sacred Heart Prep 25-22, 21-25, 25-20, 25-20 Thursday behind 21 kills from Jeffrey Castello. The Lancers improved to 8-3 in the WCAL and 19-8 overall.

Swimming & diving

The St. Francis girls suffered their first loss of the season, while the boys glided past Mitty Thursday in a WCAL meet.

The Lancers lost 94-92 on the girls side and prevailed 131-19 on the boys side. Both St. Francis teams went to 4-1 in league.

The boys won 10 events, with Benjamin Ho and Curtis Ogren each contributing to four of them. Ho finished first in the 100 and 200-yard freestyles, Ogren won the 200 individual medley and 500 free, and both boys swam on the victorious 200-medley and 400-free relays.

Courtney Batcheller led the girls, winning the 50 free and swimming the first leg of the Lancers’ triumphant 200-free relay team.

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