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News

Election flyer mimics newspaper coverage

Election flyer mimics newspaper coverage

A flyer is being distributed across Los Altos that looks like it is from the Los Altos Town Crier but was neither created nor distributed by the community’s weekly newspaper. The flyer, pictured at right, is being distributed by workers from Pyrami...

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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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Health Briefs

RoadRunners seeks volunteer drivers

RoadRunners, a transportation service funded by the El Camino Healthcare District’s Community Benefit program, seeks volunteer drivers to meet increased demand.

The Mountain View-based organization, which has served the district since 1985, provides door-to-door transportation via El Camino Hospital RoadRunners cars for local seniors with medical, dental or other health-related appointments, as well as personal errands such as trips to the beauty salon or grocery store.

Volunteers must have a California driver’s license, a clean driving record, patience and reliability, and availability to donate at least a half-day of their time once a week. Scheduling is flexible, and orientation and training are provided. Volunteers benefit from free access to hospital resources, including classes offered through the hospital’s education department.

For more information, call 940-7016.

ECH sponsors eating disorders groups

The Eating Disorders Resource Center hosts a free, local support group for family and friends directly or indirectly affected by an eating disorder 9:30-11 a.m. the second and fourth Saturdays of each month in El Camino Hospital’s Conference Room A, 2500 Grant Road, Mountain View.

The center also sponsors a support group for eating disorder sufferers 9:30-11 a.m. the first and third Saturdays of each month at the same location.

For more information, call (408) 356-1212 or visit www.edrcsv.org.

Hospital district gets new name

The El Camino Hospital District changed its name to the El Camino Healthcare District, effective June 5. The district also unveiled a new brand identity, including a logo and website.

District officials said they opted for the change to emphasize a greater focus on community health and wellness. The renaming aims to improve transparency and demonstrate the separate functions of the district and El Camino Hospital, officials added.

“As we strategically shift our approach to meeting the community’s health needs and place a greater focus on wellness, renaming the district better encapsulates the breadth and depth of health services and education that will keep our community well,” said John Zog- lin, chairman of the El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors. “Renaming the district also provides additional clarity around the separate and distinct roles of the district and the hospital.”

The resolution passed unanimously during a recent district board meeting and was verified shortly thereafter by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.

For more information, visit www.ElCaminoHealthcareDistrict.org.

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