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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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Smith gets a jumpstart on new jobs as Mtn. View’s AD and football coach


Photo By: Courtesy of Mountain View High
Photo Courtesy Of Mountain View High

Shelley Smith officially takes over as Mountain View High athletic director July 1.

Shelley Smith’s official start date is July 1, but he couldn’t wait that long to embark on his new job – or jobs – at Mountain View High.

The new athletic director, head football coach and physical education teacher has been hard at work since school let out for the summer.

“I’m here every day,” Smith said last week. “I’m getting a head start, because there’s a lot to do. It doesn’t do any good to wait.”

Hired May 6, Smith replaces John Payne and Toure Carter, who resigned as athletic director and football coach, respectively, early in the spring.

Smith said he has nearly assembled his football staff, needing only a skills-position assistant for the frosh-soph squad. He retained three varsity assistants, promoting Bobby Johnson to defensive coordinator (Smith will run the offense).

Smith hired a familiar face as frosh-soph coach. He and Bryan Raisch went to school together and both coached at Saratoga High in recent years. Smith coached running backs and served as defensive coordinator at Saratoga last season. The Saratoga resident has 11 years of coaching experience.

While Smith nearly has all the coaches he needs for football, vacancies remain for other sports at the school. Smith seeks varsity head coaches for cross-country and baseball.

“We have a lot of very good candidates for baseball, but we’re in no big hurry – it’s a spring sport,” he said. “But we need to give more attention to cross-country and find someone soon because it’s a fall sport.”

Smith’s other mission is to get more players out for football. At last week’s offseason workouts, Smith said he counted only 65 players – varsity and frosh-soph combined.

“That’s not a lot of numbers, but we’ll get there,” he said. “My goal is to get 120 in the next few years. There’s no reason we can’t reach that goal at a school this size.”

As for the players he does have, Smith had no complaints.

“I love the kids here,” he said. “It’s a good group.”

Smith conceded that turning around the varsity football team – the Spartans went 3-7 last year – “won’t happen overnight,” but he’s hopeful it can be done.

“It’s a process,” Smith said. “We’re planting a lot of seeds right now.”

Smith asked all the returning players to fill out a questionnaire, then sat down with many of them “just to talk,” he said.

For more information about the coaching vacancies at Mountain View, email Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him at (408) 688-6165.

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