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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

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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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Those lazy, crazy thumbs of summer: Editorial

We just passed the longest day of the year (we know this because the Los Altos Community Foundation held its Summer Solstice party last week), but many long, hot, lazy summer days lie ahead. There’s also plenty to look back on. So, using our thumbs, we offer yet another review of recent local happenings.

Thumbs-up – and -down: To the city of Los Altos, for its handling of the current phase of the First Street construction project. On the one hand, we praise the city for its swift response in addressing merchants’ concerns about the lack of access caused by trenches between business frontages and the street. Following a letter of complaint from a business owner, city officials immediately directed the contractor to fill in the sidewalk and driveway access in front of the Silicon Valley Mediation Group and California Automotive. On the other hand, the lack of direction to the contractor on how to prioritize the work is what left these businesses frustrated in the first place.

Thumbs-up: To the city of Los Altos, for sponsoring its highly entertaining Summer Concert Series. Thumbs-up also to the Peninsula Symphony, whose administrative offices are in Los Altos, for its rousing June 15 concert at Hillview Soccer Field and for continuing to participate in the series each year. The city offers additional concerts free, folks, so grab a lawn chair and head out to Hillview or Grant Park Thursday evenings through early August.

Thumbs-up: To organizers of and participants in the 10th annual Relay For Life of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, held June 15-16 at Egan Junior High School. While this year’s attendance and fundraising total for the American Cancer Society topped last year’s, they were nowhere near the $600,000 raised at the event’s peak in 2007 – right before the economy tanked. We would love to see the event return to its former glory, because cancer remains a major threat.

Fond farewells: To our old Safeway supermarket on First Street – a crew demolished the structure, built circa 1967, last week to make way for a new market twice its size; to Roy Lave, who officially leaves his longtime post as executive director of the Los Altos Community Foundation July 4; and to plastic grocery bags, which are prohibited when the city’s reusable bag ordinance takes effect July 4.

Finally, a wish, to all residents of this enriched sector of Silicon Valley, for a safe summer, if traveling, and for many kick-back days on the beach, at Lake Tahoe or in your own back yard.

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