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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

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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SHIRLEY M. CLARK


November 1, 1929 – August 9, 2013

Resident of Los Altos for 44 years, Shirley passed peacefully at home, surrounded by her loved ones, her books, and the many things she held close to her heart. Born Shirley Margaret Brown in Cordell, OK to Kenneth and Loreta Brown, Shirley moved to San Francisco after marrying James Clark in 1949. They relocated to Mill Valley in 1950, where they raised their four daughters until their divorce in 1966, and Shirley and the girls moved to the South Bay.

Shirley is survived by her daughters, Jamie Zamen of Mountain View, Kyle Taylor (Mark) of Cupertino, Becky Bahn (Jim) of Ben Lomond, and Beth Robles (Bob) of San Jose, as well as her grandchildren Rebecca Zamen, Garrett, Griffin and Hilary Taylor, Derek and Lindsey Bahn, and Ryan and Jordan Robles. Her sister, Barbara Reuter of El Reno, OK and nieces and nephew also survive her. She is predeceased by her grandson Tyler Zamen, and her son-in-law Mark Zamen.

From 1966 on, Shirley raised her daughters by herself, sometimes holding as many as three jobs. But she always found the time to expose her daughters to the world at large, with multiple visits to museums, the California missions, trips to the beach, and even political rallies. Shirley’s many passions included history (she stopped to read every historical marker she passed on road trips), Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, current events, the movies, her garden, her sewing, knitting, needlepoint and many crafts projects, her cats, and of course books of all kinds.

Shirley’s career was in hospital and medical office administration. She oversaw the transitions to automated billing at El Camino Hospital, Alexian Brothers Hospital, and many local medical clinics. She was the office manager at Camino Medical Group in Mountain View for many years, and because of her love of the movies, she owned and operated Video Land on Miramonte Avenue in Mountain View during the mid-1980s. 

The family would like to thank Dolores Regalado and her children for their love and care of “Grandma” for the last year and a half, and a special thanks to Garrett Taylor, Shirley’s grandson, for being her housemate, caregiver, and doting companion for the last several years. She loved you all so much. And thank you to the Sunnyvale Health Care Center, Pathways Hospice, and the Neptune Society for their help during this emotional time. 

To honor Shirley’s memory, she would want you to read a book. Services will be private.

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