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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

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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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NFL player from St. Francis speaks at Stanford camp


Adam Cohen/Special to the Town Crier
NFL player Rhett Ellison, standing at right, speaks to campers at Stanford last month.

Minnesota Vikings tight end/fullback Rhett Ellison, a St. Francis High graduate, participated as a mentor in the Stanford Youth Impact Program (YIP) July 12.

Ellison, a fourth-round pick of the Vikings last year, served as a guest speaker to emphasize the importance of education and using football as a tool to achieve ultimate success both on and off the field. The Portola Valley native also presented the organization with a personal donation to match the grant given by the NFL.

YIP is a summer program that promotes positive development in low-income, urban-based, at-risk minority middle-school male students between the ages of 10 and 14. The Stanford YIP kicked off July 8 and ran through July 26, hosting more than 100 students and providing 60-plus hours of classroom training and tutoring, field trips and 20 hours of contact football and fitness training. YIP also provides meals and transportation for participants.

“Despite playing college football in Southern California and now professionally in Minnesota, the Bay Area is still my home,” Ellison said. “YIP is a tremendous program that goes far beyond football and teaches life skills and values such as a strong work ethic, discipline and teamwork. To do this locally with an organization that truly supports personal growth, while incorporating the game of football, is a tremendous opportunity. I am grateful to be in a position to give back and share my experiences with these kids.”

A former USC Trojan, Ellison gained mentoring experience with YIP while a student in Los Angeles. He is the son of YIP Chairman and Founder Riki Ellison, a three-time Super Bowl champion with the San Francisco 49ers. He has held the position of chairman since YIP’s inception in 2003.

Through the Heads Up initiative, the NFL and USA Football support the Stanford YIP. The program hired 12 current Stanford football players, five Stanford staff members and four public school teachers. John York, co-chairman of the 49ers, and Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State and Stanford professor, also participated in this summer’s program.

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