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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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Los Altos resident arrested for robbery spree


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Los Altos Police apprehended the man believed to be responsible for a string of armed robberies in Los Altos.

According to Los Altos Police Capt. Andy Galea, 26-year-old Los Altos resident Thomas Andrew Cronin was arrested May 29, approximately 20 minutes after he allegedly robbed U.S. Bank at 1001 Fremont Ave.

A male Caucasian entered the bank at approximately 10:18 a.m. and demanded cash from a teller before fleeing with an undisclosed amount. Contrary to previous media reports, the suspect was armed at the time of the incident, Galea said.

He noted that a witness observed Cronin leaving the scene and provided police with a description of the vehicle including a partial license plate number. Officers intercepted the vehicle near the intersection of Rosita Avenue and Anderson Court, executed a stop and arrested Cronin.

“Based on the information provided, officers were able to link him to the (U.S. Bank) robbery at the scene of the stop,” said Galea, who added that Cronin was taken to the Los Altos Police Station before being booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on one count of armed robbery.

Since the arrest, investigators have linked Cronin to several additional armed robberies that occurred in Los Altos since February, according to Galea. The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office filed seven additional robbery counts against Cronin Friday.

He is charged with robbing Comerica Bank in downtown Los Altos twice – in March and April – and Bank of the West at 176 Main St. Feb. 11.

In addition, the 26-year-old suspect is charged with two armed robberies of Standard Liquor at 303 First St. in February and March and single counts for the mid-May robberies of the Shell gas station at 929 Fremont Ave. and Round Table Pizza at 399 First St.

Galea said the Los Altos Police Department dedicated numerous hours to investigating the robberies and tracking down the suspect.

“In all honesty, there hasn’t been a day that’s gone by where we haven’t talked about this. … We have put a tremendous amount of work into following up any lead possible,” Galea said. “To have this amount of robberies in any city is unusual, but to have one individual stay (and commit robberies) in one small geographical area like Los Altos is very unusual.”

Galea credited the FBI as well as neighboring police agencies in Mountain View and Palo Alto for assisting the Los Altos Police department.

“They were a big part of this investigation,” said Galea, noting that all three agencies arrived at the scene of last week’s arrest to aid Los Altos police.

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