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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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LASD students compete in Junior Olympics


Photo By: Craig Carlson/Special to the TOwn Crier
Photo Craig Carlson/Special To The Town Crier Gardner Bullis School sixth-grader Taylor Mozart competes in hurdles.

Los Altos School District fourth- through sixth-graders competed in the 53rd annual Junior Olympics April 27 at Mountain View High School.

Events included the 400-meter relay, the 75-yard dash, the 60-yard hurdles, the standing long jump, chin-ups, jump rope, the softball throw and the basketball free throw.

According to organizers, the annual program encourages participants to strive to perform their best and stresses good sportsmanship and the importance of healthful competition.

Records set at this year’s games include:

• Almond School sixth-grader Alan Guo jumped rope 145 times in 30 seconds, beating the previous record, set in 1984, by 20.

• Almond fifth-grader Dean Tan jumped rope 114 times in 30 seconds, beating the previous record, set in 1995, by nine.

• Covington School fifth-grader Annika Coleman completed 28 chin-ups, beating the previous record, set in 2002, by two.

• Gardner Bullis School fourth-grader Laura Mackenzie completed 24 chin-ups, beating the previous record, set in 2001, by one.

• Almond fourth-grader Jamie Baum threw a softball 129 feet, beating the previous record, set in 1990, by a little shy of 3 feet.

• Springer School fifth-grader Milana Sarathy completed the hurdles competition in 9.0476 minutes, beating the previous record of 9.25 minutes.

• Santa Rita School fourth-grader Charlie Kinne completed the hurdles in 9.1584 minutes, beating the previous record of 9.23 minutes.

Relay records

Students set records in this year’s relay races, as well.

Girls: Oak Avenue School’s fourth-grade White Team beat the previous record by 0.33 seconds, its fifth-grade White Team beat it by 0.48 seconds and Loyola School’s sixth-grade Red Team finished 0.26 seconds ahead of the record.

Boys: Loyola’s fifth-grade Blue Team beat the standing record by 1.43 seconds, its fifth-grade White Team beat it by 0.54 seconds and Oak’s fifth-grade Red Team finished 1.49 seconds ahead of the old record.

For more photos from the 53rd annual Junior Olympics, click here.

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