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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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New start for nonprofit agency: CHAC schedules tours of miracle headquarters Friday


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Monique Kane stands outside CHAC’s new office.

Monique Kane, executive director of the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC), was all smiles as she gave reporters a tour of the nonprofit agency’s new headquarters at 590 W. El Camino Real in Mountain View. Staff moved into the new offices in late June.

“It’s been an enormous help to the interns,” said Kane of the expanded workspace. “They can find quiet places. The new building is perfect for us – it’s professional yet warm and inviting. It is so much more spacious than our other site, giving us ample room to serve our clients. We will be able to offer more groups and classes due to (the availability of) several large spaces.”

And that’s important to the work of an agency that has been counseling and educating at-risk students and their families since 1973. The support, offered at low or no cost depending on financial ability, serves 33 K-12 local schools.

CHAC has scheduled an open house 5-7 p.m. Friday to enable local residents to tour the new facilities. The evening will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, courtesy of the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, and remarks from Mountain View Mayor John Inks and Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian.

The 7,330-square-foot building, acquired in a land swap with the Malek family, more than doubles the size of CHAC’s previous headquarters at 711 Church St. The Maleks eyed the Church Street building as vital to development of an adjacent office-condominium project at 605 Castro St.

Kane frequently refers to the new building as “The Miracle on El Camino.”

Gone are the cramped, overcrowded rooms. The new building boasts more than 20 offices, a conference room and a large training room that can accommodate up to 156 people. Colorful walls along the hallways feature the artwork of CHAC employees. A mural, painted earlier this year by current CHAC interns, brightens the far wall of a 12-stall underground parking garage.

For more information on Friday’s event, call Carrie Carsten at 965-2020, ext. 119, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information on CHAC, visit chacmv.org.


CHAC moves into new office - Images by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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