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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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A dream realized


Photo By: Courtesy of Victoria Hayward
Photo Courtesy Of Victoria Hayward

Mountain View High graduate Victoria Hayward batted .372 this season for the University of Washington softball team.

Victoria Hayward first watched the Women’s College World Series on TV nearly a decade ago and hasn’t missed one since.

This year, the Mountain View High graduate did more than watch – she was part of the action.

Hayward helped the University of Washington softball team advance to the eight-team tournament in Oklahoma City, where the NCAA Division I champion is crowned each June.

The Huskies didn’t take home the title, tying for third, but Hayward cherishes the experience.

“It was honestly a dream come true to play at the World Series,” the starting right fielder said. “Every year since I was 13 or so, I have watched the tournament on television dreaming of (one day) playing college softball.”

Hayward experienced a pinch-me moment just before Washington played its first game of the weeklong series.

“Once we were finally there, it didn’t hit me that it was actually the World Series until they announced my name at the beginning of the Nebraska game in front of almost 10,000 people,” she said.

Washington won the May 30 opener – 4-3 in extra innings – and Hayward came up with one of the biggest hits of the game. The junior drilled a one-out triple in the seventh and eventually scored the tying run.

Hayward called that “the highlight of the tournament for me.”

The Huskies prevailed an inning later on Kim Souza’s walk-off homer.

Washington dropped its next game, 1-0 to Tennessee June 1, but bounced back the next day with a 4-1 win over Michigan in which Hayward notched a hit and scored a run. The Huskies’ season ended that night, however, as eventual champ Oklahoma eliminated them from the series in a 6-2 decision.

With the core of the team returning next year, Hayward is hopeful Washington will get another crack at the title in 2014.

“We want to be back in Oklahoma City competing for a national championship and vying for a Pac-12 championship as well,” she said. “We can’t wait to get back together and start our next – and my last – road to Oklahoma City and a national championship.”

The Huskies posted a 45-17 record this year and ranked fourth nationally. Hayward played a major role in the team’s success. She batted .372 with six doubles, six triples, five home runs, 21 RBIs and 22 stolen bases. Hayward’s batting average ranked 139th among NCAA Division I players and her six triples ranked 12th.

“As the leadoff hitter throughout the season, I set the tone for our offense at the top of the lineup,” she said. “I was very pleased with my performance this year, although we didn’t end up with the trophy we’ve dreamed of.”

Hayward’s efforts did not go unnoticed. She was named First Team All-Pacific Region and to the All-Pac-12 First Team.

Born in Toronto, Hayward will play for the Canadian National Team this summer.

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