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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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A pitch-perfect performance


Photo By: Town Crier file photo
Photo Town Crier File Photo

St. Francis High pitcher Michael Strem threw a perfect game in the Lancers’ playoff opener against Monta Vista last week.

In last week’s Central Coast Section Division I playoff opener, Michael Strem pitched the first perfect game in St. Francis High baseball history. Now he wants to help the Lancers accomplish something they haven’t done in recent history.

It’s been 12 years since St. Francis last won a section title.

“At the start of the season, our goal was to win CCS,” said Strem, who needed only 66 pitches to complete his rare feat in the 2-0 win over Monta Vista May 15, “and we’re halfway there.”

Top-seeded St. Francis (27-4) can get a step closer to that goal with a win in today’s semifinal against No. 5 Palo Alto (18-15), scheduled 7 p.m. at Municipal Stadium in San Jose.

Strem is scheduled to be on the mound for the Lancers, who beat Paly 3-1 Feb. 23. The senior, who didn’t pitch that day, expects the Vikings to be a formidable foe.

“They’re a good overall team,” he said. “We’ve got to play well to beat them.”

While the righty knows he can’t top his perfect game – the first of his baseball career – Strem said Sunday, “I’m ready to go.”

He made such quick work of 16th-seeded Monta Vista that his arm felt good enough to pitch in relief Saturday. He threw five pitches to get the final out in the 3-0 quarterfinal win over No. 9 Valley Christian. Starter John Gavin earned the win, allowing six hits and striking out seven.

Strem struck out eight in his gem, scoreless until the sixth. That’s when the Boston College-bound pitcher started thinking he could achieve perfection.

“I couldn’t really focus on it until we scored, which was a relief,” Strem said. “Taking the lead gave me more adrenaline because we were in position to win.”

Mark Cardinalli drove in both runs for the Lancers in a game Strem won’t soon forget.

“I’ll remember it for the rest of my life,” he said. “It was special.”

Eagles ousted in opener

Although Los Altos didn’t go far in the CCS Division II playoffs – losing Thursday’s opener 10-0 at No. 5 Willow Glen – first-year coach Donnie Ecker said just getting there was an accomplishment under the circumstances.

“If you would have told me I was going to lose my three top pitchers – Lambie Lanman, Matt Bicker and Nick Ni – to season-ending injuries, and I was going to have one senior in our program, but (we) were going to make CCS, I would have said, ‘No way,” he said.

James Oleson took the loss for the Eagles (16-15), who totaled four hits, two by Steven McLean.

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