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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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Xu rebounds to win lower flight of golf tourney


Photo By: Courtesy of Sally Tomlinson
Photo Courtesy Of Sally Tomlinson

St. Francis High’s Nancy Xu holds her award for winning the Helen Lengfeld Flight of last week’s California Junior Girls State Championship.

After just missing the top flight of 32 golfers at last week’s 64th California Junior Girls’ State Championship, Nancy Xu turned disappointment into delight by beating the other half of the field.

The incoming senior at St. Francis High, who was a stroke shy of qualifying for the Championship Flight, won the Helen Lengfeld Flight Thursday at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club. In the match-play final, Sunnyvale resident Xu edged Felicia Medalla of Sausalito in 19 holes.

“It was a pretty long match,” Xu said. “We were close the whole day and both made pretty good shots.”

Even until the 15th hole, both girls bagged birdies on 16 and Xu drained a 10-foot putt on 18 to force a playoff. That meant returning to the 400-yard first hole, not an ideal starting spot for Xu.

“It’s a pretty long par 4, which I thought was a disadvantage for me because she shot longer,” said Xu, who estimated that Medalla was driving the ball 10-20 yards farther than she was that day. “But I had a good drive on that hole.”

That drive traveled approximately 155 yards, according to Xu, which was about the same distance Medalla hit her ball.

Advantage negated.

Two strokes later, Xu made a 20-yard chip shot from the right rough for the win.

“It was really exciting,” said Xu, who notched four birdies on the day and didn’t have a bogey on the back nine.

After shooting a 10-over-par 83 on Monterey’s challenging Dunes Course in the stroke-play qualifier, Xu rebounded with three match-play wins to reach the lower-flight final.

“I got used to the greens a little bit and managed to get my game together,” she said.

In the round of 16, Xu beat Los Altos High incoming senior Kelsey Kawaguchi in a match that spanned 18 holes.

“It was just a friendly match,” said Xu, who has played Kawaguchi several times over the years, “and it was pretty close.”

Xu beat another local participant in the next round. She topped Los Altos resident Simar Singh 6 and 4 in the quarterfinals.

Singh, 13, won the tournament’s Starlets division (ages 9-12) the past two years.

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