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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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MVLA Community Scholars celebrate students


Photo By: Courtesy of MVLA Scholars
Photo Courtesy Of Mvla Scholars

MVLA Community Scholars honorees, their families and their mentors attend a reception recognizing the students’ efforts May 10.

MVLA Community Scholars recognized new scholars from Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District schools at a reception in Los Altos May 10.

MVLA Community Scholars, a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, provides four-year renewable college scholarships and mentoring to local students with powerful life stories. The program’s mission is to help students gain the confidence and determination to succeed in college by providing scholarships, personal mentoring and community support.

This year, 22 students from Los Altos and Mountain View high schools received MVLA Community Scholars scholarships.

• Los Altos High School: Asha Bhote, Mabis Gharti Chhetry, Caitlin Hoover, Alexandra Lopez, Anthony Mata, Liliana Medina, Glenda Vargas, Adriana Velasco and Janna Wang.

• Mountain View High School: Roberto Aguilar, Kevin Alarcon, Ashley Alvarez-Lorenzo, Estefania Bautista, Diana Contreras-Chavez, Ana Gomez, Christian Hernandez, Sydney Magana, Viet Nguyen, Kristen Redaniel, Kara Rivera, Jamie Rodas and Eneyda Tobar.

“Each one of these students has fulfilled a lifelong dream of going to college,” District Superintendent Barry Groves said. “It is truly inspiring to see these dedicated and hardworking students head out into the world, eager to make their way in it. They want to contribute to society in a positive way and will have a profound effect on the future of us all. I salute them and wish them well.”

Celebrating success

The end of high school is a happy time for diligent students and their families, who have seen the fruits of their hard work pay off. But for some students, the road has not been an easy one. Without the ability to pay for college test prep classes, private tutors or summer programs to beef up high school resumes, many among this year’s graduates had to look elsewhere for help in achieving the dream of a college education. For this year’s honorees, MVLA Community Scholars provided the answer.

“When a student is selected to be an MVLA Community Scholar, the student and family become part of our family,” said Dee Gibson, chairwoman of MVLA Community Scholars. “Most of our scholars are the first in their families to attend college, so the opportunity to graduate from college is a transformative experience that impacts their entire family and community.”

Gibson cited the importance of mentoring as a cornerstone in the MVLA Community Scholars’ charter.

“These scholars become role models for their families, their peers and their community,” she said. “One of the key components of our program is the role that our mentors play in the life of the student from the moment that they are accepted as a scholar through graduation. The mentors help the students overcome roadblocks that could prevent them from graduating from college.”

Founded in 2000, MVLA Community Scholars has provided scholarships for more than 200 students from the MVLA school district and currently funds more than 60 college students. The MVLA Community Roundtable, comprising several community organizations including the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs, Quota Club and the Los Altos Community Foundation, administers the application process. Awards range from $1,000 to $6,000 per year for students attending primarily UCs, CSUs and local community colleges plus a small number of private universities.

More than 100 volunteers serve as mentors, on the scholarship selection committee and on program oversight. More than 70 donors contribute to each class of Scholars.

For more information, email Dee Gibson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Renee Hinson is an MVLA Community Scholars volunteer.

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