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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

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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Los Altos Hills resident selected to lead Foothill-De Anza Foundation

Directors of the Foothill-De Anza Foundation elected four of their peers to leadership positions for the fiscal year that began July 1.

Newly elected president Kathleen Santora of Los Altos Hills said the foundation’s theme this year is “Changing Lives, One Student at a Time.”

Santora has served on the foundation’s board of directors since 2010 and leads its Strategic Planning Committee. She is also in charge of the new STEM speaker series slated to launch this fall. The series, run through Foothill’s Science Learning Institute, will feature leaders in science, technology, math and engineering.

A community advocate for sustainability and education, Santora founded the Slow the Flow conference at Foothill and championed installation of rainwater harvesting and catchment systems at the college for resource conservation. She also serves on the board of the Montalvo Arts Center and is a member of GreenTown Los Altos, through which she organizes the biannual Recycle Bike Drive.

“I’m excited to lead the foundation forward by supporting our colleges and making a real, tangible and positive impact on our students,” Santora said. “As a 28-year resident of our community, I appreciate the significant impact that Foothill and De Anza colleges have had on our region. These colleges are community treasures.”

Santora succeeds Saratoga resident Ben Dubin. As immediate past president, Dubin will continue to serve on the board’s executive and finance committees for 2013-2014. Now in his second term on the foundation’s board, Dubin is an investment banker with Asset Management Ventures and has been a Silicon Valley software engineer, high-tech executive and start-up company founder.

Incoming Vice President Don Aoki of Mountain View is senior vice president of professional services at Keynote Systems. Aoki joined the Foothill-De Anza Foundation board in 2012 and also serves on the board of the Community Health Awareness Council.

New board secretary Lisa Elliott is a charter member of the 100 Charitable Women Foundation and brings a background in advertising and marketing to the foundation board. The Los Altos resident joined the board in 2012.

Los Altos resident Martin Neiman, a board member since 2008, was re-elected the foundation’s treasurer. The retired high-tech executive also serves on the board of Hidden Villa and the advisory board of The Terraces at Los Altos.

“We’re thrilled to have such an amazing and accomplished group of board members leading our foundation,” said Sheryl Alexander, the foundation’s executive director. “Their commitment and enthusiasm for our mission to change student lives is infectious, and I know we will accomplish exceptional things through their leadership.”

The nominating committee for the new officers included board members Sue Levy, a Portola Valley resident who directs the governance committee, and past presidents Anita Manwani Bhagat of Los Altos and Dianne McKenna of Sunnyvale.

The Foothill-De Anza Foundation Board of Directors provides oversight, guidance and support for the foundation. The foundation’s mission is to change student lives by raising and investing funds to support educational excellence at Foothill and De Anza colleges. Its goal for 2013-2014 is raising at least $4.8 million.

For more information, visit foundation.fhda.edu.

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