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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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Community celebrates beloved teacher


Photo By: Photos Courtesy of Alanna Lanman
Photo Photos Courtesy Of Alanna Lanman Sue Prescott-Kavinoky celebrates her retirement with all five of the Lanman boys, whom she taught throughout the years. .

Sue Prescott-Kavinoky said adios to her teaching career last month after 45 years of service.

Former and current students, friends and community members gathered at Estrellita’s Restaurant June 2 to commemorate the veteran teacher’s career, many emphasizing the lasting impact of her instruction beyond the classroom.

Affectionately known as Frau Prescott or Senorita Prescott, Prescott taught German, French and Spanish to Egan Junior High School students – and over the years, their children and their children’s children.

“The lifelong impact Sue has had on thousands of students is remarkable,” said Alanna Lanman, whose five sons had Prescott as a teacher. “Her ability to teach Spanish (German until 1995 and French in the early days) to each and every individual student, while communicating a love for each of her students, earned her respect from every student she has taught.”

Lanman, who helped plan Prescott’s retirement celebration, added that the longtime educator’s teaching style was “remarkable.”

“Sue sets a high standard of discipline mixed with humor and humble confidence,” Lanman said. “She has had incredible success teaching what we all call her ‘Miss Prescott Method’ to five decades of students. It is such a shame she is retiring. Each of my five sons says Sue is absolutely the best teacher he has ever had, even through college.”

More than 350 former students, colleagues and parents packed the restaurant to honor Prescott and her legacy. Another 150 former students couldn’t make the party but sent messages of support and thanks. Students shared memories and made impromptu speeches. At one point, the guests rose in a standing ovation that lasted more than three minutes.

Former students testified to Prescott’s lasting impact.

“Thanks for showing that opportunity is ever present and ours for the taking,” wrote Mike Cardoza of Egan’s Class of 1984, in a letter. “Also, that not judging others is one of the highest forms of respect.”

Cardoza, a self-proclaimed study hall goof-off later studied German, graduated from Georgetown Law School, became a U.S. Marine Corps officer, served in Iraq and is now CEO of a financial services firm leading “an enormously happy life.”

“I can still say, after all the great educators I subsequently encountered in high school, at Yale and beyond, that I learned more from you than any other teacher I ever had,” said Fritz Lanman of Egan’s Class of 1995.

Prescott earned respect and admiration from parents as well.

“What a blessing to have two of our children learn Spanish under your command,” said Lee Luca. “You not only taught them the language, but a love for the culture. You also inspired them to work hard and reap the rewards.”

Former student Margaret Lewis made a tribute video for Prescott to celebrate her 40th year of teaching. To view the video, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1WWTb81Ctc.

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