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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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Comment

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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Palo Alto Medical Foundation launches mobile medical clinic

Busy Bay Area employees can now receive medical care at work.

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Employer Health Services in August launched its new Care-A-Van mobile medical clinic. The Care-A-Van provides primary and wellness services, including annual checkups, blood work and vaccinations.

Several Bay Area employers – the majority located in Silicon Valley – have already signed up for the service, according to PAMF. The Care-A-Van team continues to expand its schedule.

“The demand for this service has been overwhelming,” said Ron Sinha, M.D., a PAMF internist and medical director of the Employer Health Services program. “Employees clearly are concerned about their health but often lack the time to establish care with a new primary-care provider or manage their existing health issues.”

Sinha said the Care-A-Van provides employees the opportunity to get an overdue blood test or vaccination at the convenience of their workplace, with results immediately updated in an electronic health record.

The Care-A-Van has two exam rooms and a medical team offering primary care and wellness services. PAMF medical professionals can work with on-site trainers and nutritionists to develop a comprehensive plan to optimize employees’ health.

Primary care services provided by the Care-a-Van include:

• Annual physicals

• Treatment for basic health problems

• Counseling on test results (blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and body mass index)

• Lab services

• Vaccinations

If a work location offers on-site screening services that identify a particular health problem (for example, blood pressure, cholesterol or weight), the employee can schedule a visit with a Care-A-Van doctor for help and advice to improve his or her health.

Any immunizations or lab tests a patient receives in the Care-A-Van will also be documented in the patient’s electronic health record. PAMF patients can use My Health Online to manage their health information online, access key components of their medical records, request prescription renewals and appointments, view laboratory test results and communicate with their care team directly via email. PAMF’s free My Health Online service is also available via the My Chart app on both iPhone and Android devices.

For more information, visit pamf.org.

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