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News

Election flyer mimics newspaper coverage

Election flyer mimics newspaper coverage

A flyer is being distributed across Los Altos that looks like it is from the Los Altos Town Crier but was neither created nor distributed by the community’s weekly newspaper. The flyer, pictured at right, is being distributed by workers from Pyrami...

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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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Comment

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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New MVHS principal comes with high praise


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The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District is scheduled to vote on the appointment of Dave Grissom as the new principal of Mountain View High School at Tuesday’s board of trustees meeting.

Keith Moody, the school’s current principal, transitions to the position of director of Adult Education at the end of the school year after serving 10 years as a site administrator.

A reception for staff and parents to welcome Grissom to the community is scheduled 3-4 p.m. Thursday in the Mountain View High Library.

Grissom has been an educator for 19 years, with the majority of his career spent in the Santa Clara Unified School District. Most recently, he served as principal of the more than 1,800-student Santa Clara High School, included on this year’s U.S. News & World Report ranking of the top U.S. high schools. He was appointed principal at Santa Clara High in 2007, following five years as assistant principal.

A 17-member committee comprising district administrators, teachers, classified staff, parents and students selected Grissom from a pool of 51 applicants from throughout the state.

“Dave Grissom exudes commitment, character and has the big-picture sense required to be successful in running a large, comprehensive high school,” said Brad Syth, assistant superintendent of Santa Clara Unified. “Dave brings a wealth of administrative experience and knowledge in secondary education, from athletics to discipline, curriculum and instruction. He is recognized by his peers for his expertise in all these areas.”

Santa Clara Unified Superintendent Bobbie Plough added her support.

“Dave brings a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience that is hard to find among secondary educators,” she said. “First and foremost, he has a sound pedagogical background. Specifically, I offer the example that within a core subject area he has taught courses designed for English Learners as well as Advanced Placement students. In short, he has a thorough understanding of what it takes to build a strong academic program in a comprehensive high school. In summary, Mr. Grissom is simply one of the best.”

Grissom and his wife, Christine, have been married 19 years and have two children, Ryan, 14, and Connor, 10.

“I cannot adequately express how thrilled I am to be joining the Mountain View High School community,” Grissom said. “I have always been extremely impressed with the students and staff that I have come into contact with from Mountain View, and to now be a member of that community is an absolute dream come true. I am truly honored with being named principal at Mountain View. I look forward to working with the staff and parents to ensure the best education possible for our students.”

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