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News

November ballot includes propositions on drought, insurance and schools

November ballot includes propositions on drought, insurance and schools


Californians will vote on six propositions that require direct citizen approval in the Nov. 4 election. The Town Crier assembled a rough guide to the ideas behind each measure.

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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

Pianist Nakamatsu performs Nov. 2 with Schola Cantorum

Pianist Nakamatsu performs Nov. 2 with Schola Cantorum


Christian Steiner/jonnakamatsu.com
He gets around: Acclaimed classical pianist Jon Nakamatsu is not only performing with Schola Cantorum, he is also slated to lead two Peninsula Symphony concerts this weekend. For more information, see page 18.
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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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Spartans’ season ends in semifinals


Photo By: Town Crier file photo
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Mountain View High’s Jake Stuebner notched nine kills and two blocks Thursday.

Despite dropping the first two games, the Mountain View High boys volleyball team refused to quit against Deer Valley in the Northern California Division I semifinals. The Spartans weren’t able to win Thursday’s match, but they didn’t get swept.

Down 24-21 in the third game, Mountain View rallied for its lone win of the night.

“The boys showed tremendous resolve,” coach M. Anthony Chen said, “ and we tied it up and then went back and forth before pulling out a gutsy game, 30-28.”

The third-seeded Spartans “took the momentum into game four,” the coach added, building a six-point lead. But No. 2 Deer Valley “kept coming at us and caught us at 21,” Chen said.

The game went back and forth until host Deer Valley pulled out a 25-23 victory to secure a spot in last Saturday’s final.

Kurt Dentinger paced Mountain View in the semis, posting 18 kills, two blocks and three aces. Logan Allen added 11 kills and four blocks; Jake Stuebner contributed nine kills and two blocks.

“I’m extremely proud of the effort the boys put out – not just (Thursday) night, but the whole season,” Chen said.

The Spartans, who swept Lowell in the quarterfinals, finished the year with a 29-3 record. Mountain View won the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division and advanced to the Central Coast Section final, falling to Mitty in straight games.

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