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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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Schools chief shares what it takes to get into college


Photo By: John Hammerschmidt/ Special to the Town Crier
Photo John Hammerschmidt/ Special To The Town Crier

Barry Groves, superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, shares with a Rotary Club of Los Altos audience June 13 how much harder it is to get into college these days.

Barry Groves, superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, shared his insight on what it takes to get into college these days at a Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting June 13.

Groves, who became schools chief in 2006, heads a district where 96 percent of graduating seniors pursue college degrees. Both Mountain View and Los Altos high schools prepare students to submit competitive college applications, he said. According to district statistics, both high schools ranked a 10 out of 10 on the California Academic Performance Index, and their average scores on Advanced Placement exams and the SAT and SAT II are among the highest in the state.

The criteria for college acceptance have changed since the last generation, said Groves, noting that perfect grades and test scores are no longer sufficient. Instead of seeking well-rounded individuals, he added, selective colleges now seek graduates from well-rounded high schools, those that provide environments where their teams win championships.

Groves outlined the current criteria for acceptance: rigor of courses, high school grades, SAT/ACT/AP/SAT II scores, socioeconomic diversity, development case, legacy/connections, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, interviews and class rank.

“Do you think you would be accepted in the college of your choice today?” he asked the audience.

After he presented criteria for acceptance today, most attendees acknowledged that they probably wouldn’t, because selective colleges are now much more difficult to get into.

Competitive students are advised to enroll in the most challenging courses offered at their high schools. Scholarships based on merit have decreased, Groves said, and are offered primarily on the basis of need today.

Stanford University is the most selective school in the U.S., according to Groves, as it accepts only 5.8 percent of applicants, while San Jose State University accepts 75 percent; Santa Clara University, 54 percent; and UC Berkeley, 20.8 percent. While most college costs are high, he said, they vary considerably, with Stanford and Santa Clara costing approximately $43,000 per year. The public universities – UC Berkeley and San Jose State – cost much less, as does Foothill College. Groves said Foothill is one of the best community colleges in the state, “an outstanding value for excellent instruction.”

For more information, visit www.mvla.net.

Marlene Cowan is a member of the Rotary Club of Los Altos.

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