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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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WILLIAM E. SHINE


January 16, 1921 – June 30, 2013

Long time Los Altos resident, William E. Shine, died peacefully on June 30, 2013 at the age of 92 in Napa, California. Los Altos was his home for most of his life having raised his family there, as well as having had an office downtown where he was a stockbroker. The oldest of six children, Bill was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, graduated from Cathedral Catholic High School, and spent his childhood and teenage years there until his country called on him to serve.

Bill enlisted in the Army in 1942 and was deployed to the European theater in July 1944. Sergeant Shine was a surgical technician in the Company B 305th Medical Battalion and served with General Pat

ton’s Third Army in England and France. He was wounded in October 1944 near Metz, France and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. After months of convalescence in Ohio, Bill was honorably discharged in July 1945 and remained a hundred percent disabled veteran his entire life.

Bill was a graduate of the University of Notre Dame attending the university after WWII. Not

long after graduating Bill married Joan Baltz, also of Indianapolis, in February 1950. He had first seen California before the war while traveling with a friend and loved what he saw. Utilizing his sales skills, he convinced his young wife to move west with their first child. They settled in Los Altos in 1952 the year of the city’s incorporation. Bill and his wife, Joan, raised five children in Los Altos all of whom graduated from Los Altos High School between 1969 and 1977.

In 1981 Bill was the recipient of the Los Altos Board of Realtors’ Community Service Award and honored for his many civic activities including organizing the 1976 Bicentennial Parade celebrating the nation’s 200th birthday, and for leading the fund-raising drive for the fountain and redwood deck at the library as a 25th anniversary present for the city from the local citizenry. In 1979 Bill was fundamental in establishing the Music in the Air concerts presented by the music departments at Foothill College, Los Altos and then Awalt High Schools. When he received the award Shine was interviewed by the Town Crier and asked about his motivation for devoting so much time to community projects. He said then “If you have to think why, you’re in trouble. You do something for someone you love. I really love this city”. Bill lived in several other California cities after he retired, but Los Altos always held a special place in his heart.

Other than his love of all things Notre Dame, Bill was passionate about music and sports. As a boy he sang with choral groups and regularly sang soprano solos at Easter Sunday services in Indianapolis. He sang tenor in college and as a longtime member of the St. Williams Catholic Church choir. He also belonged to a barber shop quartet. Bill coached Little League teams before his sons were old enough and after they were through, and when

the major league Giants baseball team moved west from New York, Bill bought season tickets their first year at Candlestick Park in 1960. His children and grandchildren continue to enjoy those seats today.

Bill was preceded in death by his youngest child Monica Brooks, his parents Vaneta and William, his sister Rita, two brothers Donald and Patrick, and former wife, Betty. He is survived by the mother of his children, Joan Shine (Mountain View, CA), two daughters Joan Jones (Santa Clara, CA) and Theresa Swilley (Oakdale, CA), two sons William Shine, Jr. (Mountain View, CA) and Damian Shine (Alpharetta, GA), eight grandchildren, his brother Robert (Corvallis, OR) and his sister Mary (Indianapolis, IN). A memorial is scheduled for Monday, July 22nd at the Golden Gate National Cemetery Chapel in San Bruno, CA at 2:00pm.

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