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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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Yellow-fever mosquito lands in Bay Area


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The Santa Clara County Vector Control District uses traps to catch and subsequently monitor mosquitoes for yellow fever and West Nile virus.

Just as the local mosquito season comes to an end, a rare type of the insect has surfaced nearby. A yellow-fever mosquito was found Aug. 23 in Menlo Park, according to local county vector control districts.

With origins in Africa, the Aedes aegypti – or yellow-fever mosquito – is approximately 1/4-inch long with a black and white body. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials noted that the species is most active two hours after sunrise and two hours before sunset and can even hide in closets during the day. By transmitting the virus from one human or mammal to the next via bites, the species can spread dengue fever and yellow fever. Fresno and Madera counties also identified yellow-fever mosquitoes this summer, but no symptoms of infection were reported in humans.

“It’s important to note that the current risk of disease transmission from this mosquito is extremely low,” said San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow in a press release. “But we must make every effort to eradicate this mosquito and not allow it to establish itself here to prevent future disease transmission risk.”

The species quickly adapts to new environments, according to CDC officials. Vector control and area agencies responded quickly to eliminate the yellow-fever mosquito threat. In addition to deploying traps to capture adult mosquitoes and mosquito eggs, local agencies conducted door-to-door canvassing near the source in Menlo Park. Such efforts were successful in eradicating the yellow-fever mosquito at the San Francisco Airport in 1979, the last time officials detected the species in the area.

The San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District encourages residents to protect themselves from bites by wearing long-sleeved clothing and applying insect repellents that contain DEET, picaridin or eucalyptus and lemon oil. Vector control officers also request that homeowners eliminate standing water that could expand the mosquito population and make sure that doors and windows are tightly sealed.

It is much more common for mosquitoes to transmit West Nile virus during the local mosquito season, which typically ends in September. California is experiencing an especially active West Nile virus season, with 87 human cases of the mosquito-transmitted disease reported in 23 counties this year. As of Friday, the Santa Clara County Vector Control District completed eight mosquito foggings in San Jose – a procedure completed when infected mosquitoes are found near dead birds, squirrels or other animals that test positive for West Nile. Although vector control confirmed that no dead birds or mosquitoes from Los Altos tested positive for the disease as of last month, a Santa Clara County woman in July became the first county resident to contract the virus since 2011.

For updates and more information, call the Santa Clara Vector Control District at (408) 918-4770 or visit sccgov.org/sites/vector.

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