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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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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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Spartans shut out in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High tight end Frank Kapp is tackled after catching a pass during a 45-0 loss to Burlingame Friday.

An 87-yard touchdown by Burlingame’s Robbie Baumgarten on the game’s opening kickoff proved ominous for Mountain View in a 45-0 loss to open the season Friday.

The opening score was part of a 31-point first-half outburst for the Panthers (1-0 overall), who gained 156 yards rushing and another 108 yards through the air against the Spartans (0-1 overall). Mountain View, meanwhile, managed 193 yards of total offense – including 155 yards rushing – but committed three turnovers in the loss.

Spartans head coach Shelley Smith conceded that his team was a work in progress.

“This is a building process, and I thought we’d get off to a better start than what we did,” Smith said following his first game at the helm of the Spartans football program. “Now we have to kind of lick our wounds and start over. We’ll use it as a learning experience. We have to – it’s the only way we’re going to get better.”

Burlingame struck early and often in the first quarter. On Mountain View’s first play from scrimmage, quarterback Anthony Avery turned the ball over on a botched halfback pitch, resulting in a 34-yard field goal by Seamus Gill with 9:42 to go and a 10-0 Panther lead. Five minutes later, Burlingame struck again with an eight-play, 52-yard drive that ended an 11-yard touchdown run from Griffin Intrieri for a 17-0 lead.

Mountain View’s offense sputtered early, advancing no farther than Burlingame’s 32 in the first half. The Spartans saw a promising drive fall short early in the fourth quarter, driving 60 yards on 11 plays before Nico Mayoral dropped Jorge Hernandez’s halfback pass in the end zone on fourth-and-goal.

Still, Smith credited Avery – a converted wide receiver – for his play under center. The senior quarterback finished the game just 7-of-17 passing for 38 yards and an interception, but led the team with 55 yards rushing.

“For his first varsity game, I have to say, he did well,” Smith said of Avery. “He’s going to learn as he goes, but he’s committed to trying to get the job done.”

The Panthers added two more touchdowns in the second quarter – getting a 3-yard touchdown run from Intrieri with 10:32 left, followed by a 29-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Avery Gindraux to Steven Cosenza at 4:41.

The Panthers opened the third quarter with a pair of touchdowns in less than a minute, getting an 8-yard touchdown pass at 8:33 from Gindraux to Cosenza and a 20-yard touchdown run at 7:49 by Gill – who also converted all point-after attempts for the Panthers. Gill’s touchdown came after a fumbled kickoff return by the Spartans.

Los Altos earns lopsided win in opener

Los Altos scored 41 points in the first quarter of a 61-0 final over Burton Saturday, giving Trevor Pruitt his first win as head coach of the Eagles football program.

Senior Victor Ruiz scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams – hauling in a 51-yard touchdown pass from Lambie Lanman before scoring on an interception and returning a punt for a third score.

Lanman finished the game 3-of-5 passing for 89 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Sean Lanoza rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns on three carries – including a 79-yard scamper. Running back Patrick Vargas also scored twice in the season-opening win.

Lancers blank Oak Grove

The St. Francis football team scored four touchdowns in the first half en route to a season-opening 28-0 road win Friday at Oak Grove.

In his first game as the Lancers’ sixth head coach since 1958, Greg Calcagno saw his team’s offense combine for 222 yards rushing and three touchdowns in the win. Cameron Meszaros led the team with 76 yards rushing on 16 carries, while Alex Andrighetto combined for 60 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. Cole Cassidy added 46 yards on 10 carries as well.

Linebacker John Powers led the Lancers on defense with three of the team’s six sacks in the win over the Eagles.


2013 Football: Mountain View High School v. Burlingame - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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