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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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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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Logan's run of records may not be over yet


Courtesy of Mark Logan
Los Altos High graduate Paige Logan, left, is closing in on Caltech’s record for career kills in volleyball. She holds two school records in track and field, shot put and hammer.

Paige Logan’s days of being a three-sport athlete are over, so the Los Altos native intends to make the most of the two she will play in her upcoming senior year at Caltech.

Logan, who had to give up basketball last year due to concussions, aims to add to her list of school records in track and field and leave her mark in volleyball as well.

The Los Altos High graduate said she is “close to breaking a couple of career records in volleyball” at Caltech, an NCAA Division III college in Pasadena. Ranked second all-time in kills and blocks, Logan is optimistic about reaching the top spot in the former.

“I’ve been playing middle blocker and some back row,” she said. “Next year I may play outside hitter and get a few more kills.”

The team captain led Caltech in kills (159) and blocks (53) last fall and finished fifth in digs (33). Logan was one of the few bright spots on a squad that had little to cheer about last season. The Beavers went 0-17 in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and 1-21 overall.

“Winning one (match) was actually good,” she said. “We didn’t win any my sophomore year.”

Logan’s spring track season proved more fruitful as far as wins go, though most of them came individually in the shot put, discus and hammer events.

That success hasn’t swayed her to favor track over volleyball.

“They’re pretty even – I like doing both,” Logan said. “Volleyball is great – I like the team aspect. Track is a team sport, too, but it’s nice to have results depend on you.”

Logan holds two of Caltech’s throwing records and is closing in on another. She reset her shot put record four times last season – it now stands at 41 feet, 9 inches – and heaved the hammer a school-best 138 feet. Logan is within 2 feet of her goal to set the school record in the discus and wants to shatter her hammer mark.

“I want to break 150 in the hammer,” she said. “I’m trying to go from two to three spins, which should add considerable distance to my throws.”

Free throws, however, are something Logan no longer has to concentrate on. She was forced to give up basketball her junior year after suffering a fourth concussion.

“Four is more than enough,” said Logan, concussed three times on the basketball court and once while snowboarding with the basketball team. “But it’s hard to give it up, because I’ve played basketball a really long time.”

Logan added that she began wearing a padded headband for volleyball last season to help prevent further concussions.

“It’s not too bad,” she said of the headgear.

Logan will need that noggin to fulfill her academic goals. A double major (geophysics, environmental science and engineering) on track to graduate next spring, Logan said she wants to pursue a doctorate in physical oceanography or a related field.

Boasting a 3.6 GPA, Logan earned SCIAC scholar-athlete awards for volleyball and track her junior year.

“That was cool,” she said. “I won it last year as well and forgot about it.”

Logan is spending the summer as an intern at a marine science institution in Massachusetts. There will be no time to return home – her fellowship ends Aug. 23 and volleyball practice starts three days later.

But that’s OK with Logan, who doesn’t care much for downtime.

“I get antsy,” she said.

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