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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

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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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Eagles reach CCS semis in softball


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

Tianna Vasquez had two hits in Los Altos High’s CCS quarterfinal win Saturday.

The Los Altos High softball team scored more than enough runs to win Saturday’s Central Coast Section Division II quarterfinal game, blanking Saratoga 6-0 at PAL Stadium in San Jose.

But the Eagles produced only six hits, and coach Tom Barrera indicated that probably wouldn’t be enough to win today’s semifinal contest.

“We still need to hit better to compete with Gilroy,” he said. “Gilroy always takes an aggressive hitting approach, and we’ll need to match their intensity.”

Fifth-seeded Los Altos (18-9-2) is scheduled to take on No. 8 Gilroy (17-12) 4:30 p.m. today at PAL, with the winner returning to the stadium Saturday to play for the championship.

Barrera might be concerned with the Eagles’ offense, but he had no complaints about their defense in Saturday’s victory over No. 4 Saratoga (23-5). Los Altos didn’t commit an error and freshman pitcher Lizzy Beutter allowed just three hits.

“Defensively, the girls played their best game this year,” the coach said.

Infielder Tianna Vasquez made perhaps the best defensive play of the game. After snaring a ball that took a bounce just above second base, the senior touched second and spun 360 degrees as she threw to first to complete the double play.

“It was a real highlight moment,” Barrera said.

Vasquez contributed at the plate as well, getting two hits.

After scoring its first run in the second inning and adding another in the fifth, Los Altos broke the game open with a four-run sixth.

The Eagles erupted for six runs in the fifth frame of their previous game, a 10-0 rout of Branham. Host Los Altos notched 14 hits in the May 15 playoff opener, three from Nikki Klepper. Beutter earned the win, limiting 12th-seeded Branham (15-13) to just two hits.

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