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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

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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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Los Altos native goes from tech to fashion after the birth of her son


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Los Altos native Nicole Pollock, left, recently became a consultant for Carlisle along with her mother, Linda Oloff, right. The Class of 2000 Los Altos High graduate hosted her first trunk show in August. Town Crier

Nicole Pollock is lending a fashionable hand to busy Los Altos women trying to balance careers and motherhood. And with good reason – she’s one of them.

After a decade of working as a marketing and advertising professional for several local high-tech companies – including most recently in Google’s Commerce Division – Pollock recently changed professional gears and became a high-end fashion consultant for New York City-based Carlisle.

Pollock, a Class of 2000 Los Altos High graduate, said she made the career switch shortly after the birth of her son, Benjamin, now 10 months old. Her new role allows her to enjoy two vastly different roles simultaneously – mom and business owner.

“I really wanted to enjoy this special time in my life and put my attention into (Benjamin), but I still wanted to do something for me as well,” said Pollock, who began her new business earlier this summer. “I think it’s a constant battle for women when they start families to make that choice.”

Still, Pollock readily conceded that her new career choice requires plenty of support from those around her, including her husband. She also turned to another mom – her own – to provide a helping hand.

Together, Pollock and her mother, 20-year Los Altos resident Linda Oloff, hosted their first invitation-only trunk show in August. The event transformed Oloff’s Los Altos home into a weeklong fashion boutique for local moms and business professionals.

“If I’m going to be working hard on something and taking time away from my baby, I want it to be something I enjoy,” said Pollock, who drew inspiration to become a Carlisle consultant based on her mother-in-law’s 16 years as a consultant for the company. “Luckily, I have a lot of support. My mom helps me so much. She’s supportive – I couldn’t do it without her.”

Oloff, meanwhile, said her decision to join her daughter was multifaceted. The arrangement gave her the opportunity to spend more time with her daughter and grandson, while also supporting her daughter’s desire to have a career.

“She should have something of her own – and I’m happy to help her do that,” said Oloff of Pollock.

Forget the mall

Oloff and Pollock said they also recognized an unfilled need among busy Los Altos women. They determined to provide a relaxed, individually focused experience for those who simply don’t have the time or will to brave mall crowds.

“People in Los Altos – and the surrounding areas – don’t necessarily want to go to Valley Fair mall to go shopping,” Oloff said. “People want to be nearby because they don’t have a lot of time.”

Pollock said she aims to provide the personal touch by hand-delivering orders of garments to each customer’s home or workplace.

“We try to create an environment that people enjoy coming to and an experience people want to come back to. … It’s about the individual experience and that individual attention,” she said.

The duo noted that there’s also more to their business than simply trying to create an agreeable environment for customers. Carlisle’s garments offer high quality without department store markups, Pollock said. Carlisle garments, she added, are made from fabrics that originate from the same Italian mills as Prada, Valentino and Chanel lines.

“The clothing speaks for itself. You don’t have to be a salesperson,” said Oloff, who noted that the pair is slated to host a second trunk show Oct. 16-22.

Pollock said that while she’s hoping to see her business grow in the future, she’s focused on enjoying the time she has with Benjamin while simultaneously embarking on her new career.

“I’m working harder now than I did in the past 10 years, but I’m having fun and I’m enjoying it,” she said with a chuckle. “That’s the weirdest part of it all.”

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Local mom and daughter start home fashion business - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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