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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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Bullis Charter School adds two new administrators as school grows

Bullis Charter School has hired a new principal and assistant principal to meet its increasing enrollment demand.

Incoming Principal Jocelyn Lee and Assistant Principal Alison Schwartzbaum will assist with campus leadership and innovation. They step into their positions immediately in preparation for the 2013-2014 academic year, with an estimated 600-student enrollment.

“After a nationwide search and screening of 180 highly qualified applicants, I am extremely excited to welcome two outstanding administrators to the BCS community,” said Wanny Hersey, superintendent/principal at Bullis Charter School. “Ms. Lee and Ms. Schwartzbaum bring a combined wealth of past experiences that demonstrates their commitments to educating the whole child – in complete alignment with the BCS vision. Their unique skills and talents will be of great benefit as BCS continues to innovate into the future.”

Lee has nearly 20 years’ experience as an educator, most recently as an elementary and middle school principal in the Ravenswood City School District, which draws students from East Palo Alto and Menlo Park. In her previous positions, Lee worked on expanding enrichment activities, building partnerships with community-based organizations, implementing service learning programs and expanding technology use among students and teachers. She secured 30 laptops for each classroom and spearheaded staff training on technology integration to increase student engagement and outcomes.

Her administrative experience, including the implementation of a full-inclusion model for educating special-education students, required her to restructure school systems to better meet the needs of every student.

Lee also worked in the Fremont Unified School District, the Sunnyvale School District, the Santa Clara Unified School District and the Sequoia Union High School District.

During her tenure in Santa Clara, Lee focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). She initiated partnerships with companies such as Juniper Networks to facilitate student visits to high-tech enterprises and founded GAINS (Girls Achieving in Non-traditional Subjects) to encourage girls to pursue careers in STEM fields.

Lee earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her master’s through the Stanford Teacher Education Program. She was an Educator in Residence at the Stanford School Redesign Network and has trained educators locally and statewide, including providing professional development for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Schwartzbaum previously worked in the Boston Public Schools system, where she served as principal intern. Her duties included designing professional development systems and building stronger family and community partnerships for the school.

Prior to her time in Boston, Schwartzbaum taught at Miami Country Day School, where she developed a humanities curriculum that offered a diverse selection of interdisciplinary courses, promoting individual students’ success through differentiated instruction. As an English teacher at North Miami Middle School, she helped develop and implement a districtwide writing plan.

Schwartzbaum earned a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University, where she led an effort to create the university’s first education major, and a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s School Leadership Program.

“The programs Lee and Schwartzbaum have championed in prior positions are aligned with what BCS embraces – innovating curricula that integrates the use of new technologies and STEM education with a focus on 21st-century skills and student outcomes,” Hersey said. “These instructional leaders will greatly complement BCS’ commitment to developing every student and teacher’s full potential, and creating local ties to partner with the community in education.”

Ken Moore, chairman of the charter school’s board of directors, welcomed Lee and Schwartzbaum on behalf of the Bullis Charter School community.

“Wanny Hersey has designed and developed our nationally recognized program and demonstrated what’s possible in public education,” he said. “The addition of Jocelyn and Alison’s tremendous experience and expertise to the already strong BCS leadership team enhances our ability to focus on every detail of delivering a 21st-century public education.”

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