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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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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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MVHS honors retiring music director


Photo By: Courtesy of Mary Feliz
Photo Courtesy Of Mary Feliz

After 35 years as Mountain View High’s music director, Robin Kramer will retire this month. Current and former students and colleagues have scheduled a number of events in her honor.

Robin Kramer, Mountain View High School’s first female music director, plans to retire May 31 after more than three decades on the job. Alumni, current students, colleagues and co-workers have scheduled a series of events to honor her contributions to music, education and the community.

Kramer, who began her career at Mountain View High in 1978, founded the marching band, established the orchestral music program and built a department that today comprises 11 instrumental music classes.

The following three events are slated to mark Kramer’s retirement.

• Jazz Festival in the Quad, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Mountain View High, 3535 Truman Ave. Community and alumni musicians from Awalt and Mountain View high schools are invited to attend and play at 3 p.m. alongside current students under Kramer’s direction.

• Spring Instrumental Concert, 7 p.m. May 23 at Foothill College’s Smithwick Theatre, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Awalt and Mountain View High alumni are invited to join current students in Mountain View High’s music department at the conclusion of the concert for an encore in Kramer’s honor. Admission is free. For more information, email Elaine Bernard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Open House, 2-5 p.m. June 29 at the home of Janet and Bob Trabucco, 1300 Ranchita Drive, Los Altos. Alumni, colleagues and students are invited to celebrate Kramer’s retirement.

Many current and former students credit Kramer with inspiring them not only musically, but also in their personal and professional lives.

“Without music and Robin Kramer, I would have very likely dropped out of high school,” said Michael Feliz, Class of 2011, now a student at University of the Pacific double majoring in computer science and computer engineering. “Robin treats all her students like the adults and leaders she believes we will become. She gave us responsibilities and trust that taught us to be responsible and trustworthy.”

Twin brothers Dave and James Codeglia, Class of 1999, agreed. Now working at Bad Robot Productions and their own production company, Ghostlight, the filmmakers said the skills they learned from Kramer are essential to their work.

“Combining music and visuals requires an understanding of rhythm, phrasing and theory, all of which we learned at Mountain View High School with Robin,” they said. “But Robin’s real strength isn’t just teaching, it’s in the warm and loving atmosphere she creates in her classroom. She truly changed our lives, and we wouldn’t be surprised if she saved the lives of more than a few students over the years.”

Eleanor Gerrior, a sophomore at Mountain View High, plays three instruments in three different bands and credits her interest in music to a preschool field trip to Kramer’s classroom in 2001, when she was allowed to conduct the high school’s Wind Ensemble.

“Robin always makes me feel good about myself and about music,” Gerrior said.

Kramer’s admirers extend beyond her students. She frequently receives kudos from parents, neighbors, colleagues and the community at large. In March, the Wind Ensemble received Command Performance recognition at the Pacific Rim Music Festival and performed at the historical Hawaii Theater in Honolulu. Two other Mountain View High music ensembles, the Chamber Orchestra led by Jason Kneebone and the A Cappella Choir led by Jill Denny, received similar recognition.

The Disney American Teacher Award for Performing Arts in 1992 is among the many professional awards Kramer has earned during her tenure.

For more information, email Mary Feliz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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