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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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Residents say goodbye to beloved UPS driver


Laura Tang/Special to the Town Crier
UPS driver Mary Hauck is retiring after serving local customers for 29 years.

UPS driver Mary Hauck is packing it in as she retires from a 29-year career serving the Los Altos area.

Originally a Christmas driver for UPS, the company hired Hauck on a permanent basis and she has worked 50 hours a week ever since, delivering packages to Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

Hauck’s daily route spans 55 miles, totaling just under 500,000 miles driven for UPS over the duration of her career. She makes 175 delivery stops per day with approximately 260 packages, but during Christmas, UPS’ peak season, she makes 330 stops with 450 packages daily. Last year, Hauck’s 18-year-old daughter, Rebecca, served as her Christmas helper.

Over the past three decades, Hauck witnessed a number of changes to Los Altos as the city expanded and developed new infrastructure and residential lots to accommodate the burgeoning population.

“For example, what is now Estate Drive used to be simply 1530 Grant, and 1710 Grant, a single property, has become a bunch of streets – Green Oak, Nightingale, etc.,” Hauck said of the changes.

Hauck has also observed a marked change in technology, to which she attributes the greater ease of modern delivery.

“When I started driving, I recorded shipper numbers by writing them down on what we called ‘50-liners,’” she noted. “But now we scan, which is a lot more convenient.”

With the advent of cellphones, Hauck could contact UPS while on the job if anything unexpected arose, which came in handy when she experienced work-related injuries.

One important aspect of her job has remained constant throughout the years – her positive interactions with the people to whom she delivers.

“The people I deliver to are always very kind to me,” Hauck said. “During the summer, people are always giving me cold drinks. During the Christmas season, they’ll feed me dinner.”

Although Hauck is retiring from her delivery job, she plans to remain active in the community. She is a representative of a fashion accessory business, Miche, and intends to pursue volunteer work such as running local soup kitchens and taking care of senior citizens.

“I just want to give back to the community,” she said. “Besides taking care of my physical needs, many of the people I delivered to kept me in their prayers. I don’t believe I could have made it through the past 29 years without them. For this, I give thanks.”

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