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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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Police association donates to child abuse center


Photo By: Diego Abeloos/Town Crier
Photo Diego Abeloos/Town Crier

Children’s Interview Center Coordinator Trish Martinez accepts a PlayStation 3 donated by Los Altos Peace Officers Association representatives Abe Velasco, left, and Chris Brooks.

Two members of the Los Altos Peace Officers Association recently gave back to an agency that serves as a key partner in fighting child abuse crimes.

Los Altos Police detective Abe Velasco and officer Chris Brooks earlier this month donated a new PlayStation 3 and several new games – wrapped playfully in yellow police crime tape – to the Santa Clara County Children’s Interview Center (CIC) in San Jose.

CIC is a regional resource used by local law enforcement agencies (including Los Altos) and Child Protective Services to interview children who may be victims of physical, sexual or emotional abuse. According to CIC coordinator Trish Martinez, the center typically serves more than 400 children and their families annually and is funded by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office and the San Jose Police.

Martinez noted that the new video-game system, donated on behalf of the Peace Officers Association, will serve as a welcome temporary distraction for child abuse victims at the center, which aims to provide a comforting, stress-free environment for young victims.

Velasco, who currently serves as the association’s president, added that the center plays a crucial role in making child victims feel safe following a traumatic experience, allowing them to open up to investigators about the things they’ve experienced.

“The (Peace Officers Association) is always looking for ways to give back, and the CIC is a good fit,” Velasco said. “This (donation) will directly help to make a child in a bad situation just a little happier. … There’s nothing we can do to make their pain go away, but if a PlayStation can make them smile for five minutes, that’s priceless to us.”

Martinez added that CIC also provides each child with a blanket and a stuffed animal for an added touch of comfort, given otherwise bleak circumstances. The donated PlayStation, she said, allows her to offer yet another outlet for older children at the center.

“This is huge – we get older children here all the time,” Martinez said of the association’s donation. “A big thing here is I don’t want (older child victims) to feel like we’re treating them like a baby. This is amazing. I’m so excited.”

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