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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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County recognizes Teachers of the Year

The Santa Clara County Office of Education recently named its 2013 Teachers of the Year, selected by their respective school districts. The county also announced the recipients of the 2013 Texas Instruments STEM Teaching Awards.

Teachers of the Year

• The Los Altos School District recognized Egan Junior High School science teacher Curtis Schneider, who initiated and organizes the student-staff golf tournament and the student-teacher chess tournaments each year. Principal Brenda Dyckman said Schneider is “outstanding and revered.”

• The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District selected Barbara Kaufman, a physical education teacher at Mountain View High School. Kaufmann is nationally board-certified and a member of the Mountain View High leadership team.

• In the Santa Clara County Charter School category, Bullis Charter School recognized teacher Jessica Lura. Lura has taught eighth-grade English and history at the charter school for eight years. Sharing the ideal of global citizenship is particularly important to her, as she spent time studying abroad in Denmark, Kenya, Costa Rica, Trinidad, Ecuador and India.

STEM Teaching Awards

For their efforts in teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, five county teachers, including two from local schools, each received $1,000 for classroom use.

• The county honored Gina Dunsmore, who teaches physics at Mountain View High, for her contributions to STEM education. She conducts a Walk on Water event annually, which requires students to use their knowledge of physics, design process and teamwork to engineer a device that enables them to walk or crawl over the surface of the school’s pool without the use of propellants or paddles.

• The county recognized Noirin Foy, who teaches algebra at Blach Intermediate School.

“(Foy) seamlessly incorporates technology into her instruction and student experience,” said Blach Principal Sandra McGonagle. “From mind-mapping how to solve challenging equations to creating personal online study guides, students are exposed to a wide variety of tools that individualize their learning and teach skills they can use in high school and beyond.”

The Santa Clara County Office of Education has scheduled its 44th annual Teacher Recognition Celebration Sept. 26 at the Heritage Theatre, 1 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell.

For more information, visit www.sccoe.org/trc/teachers/2013.asp.

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