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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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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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JACQUELINE VALENTINE WISE


Jacqueline Valentine Wise passed away in Mountain View, California on July 22, 2013 at the age of 84.

Jacy was born to the late Anna and Alfred Valentine in Santa Rosa, CA on August 6, 1928 and grew up in Sebastopol. She graduated from Analy High School in 1946 and received a BA in English / History / Education from Mount Saint Mary’s College in 1950. She married William LaVay Wise III in 1949 and lived in Palo Alto, CA; Edmunds, WA; and then moved to Mountain View in 1963. She worked at the Mountain View Library for 26 years as the inter library loan officer and enjoyed helping people find information from books she secured from near and far, including China and Russia.

Jacy enjoyed gardening, working in her orchard, pottery, playing the piano, music, game shows, puzzles and lifelong learning. Jacy passed this love of learning to her children. Jacy also had a vast interest in flying and in the space program, waking all her children to watch every significant launch, landing, and scientific exploit. Her biggest joy was spending time with her family and close friends.

Jacy is survived by her former husband, William LaVay Wise III and her 5 children: her two sons, Larry Wise (Cupertino, CA) and Steve Wise (Elk Grove, CA); her three daughters, Sandy Ogden (Cassel, CA), Teri Waldman (Mountain View, CA) and Patti McLain (Carmichael, CA). Jacy is also survived by fifteen grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; her two sisters, Marlene Anderson (Menlo Park, CA) and Kathleen Beltrame (San Mateo, CA) and many nieces and nephews.

A Rosary and Vigil were held at Cusimano Colonial Mortuary, 96 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View 94040 on Thursday, July 25 at 5 pm.

The Funeral Mass was held at St. Simon Church, 1860 Grant Rd, Los Altos, CA 94024 on Friday, July 26 at 10 AM. Interment took place at Sebastopol Memorial Lawn cemetery, 7951 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol on Saturday July 27.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association

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