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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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Spartans score 20 goals in girls water polo win


Town Crier file photo
Mountain View High’s Elyse Fitzsimons goes for the block.

Cupertino’s goal must have looked as big as a commercial fishing net to the Mountain View High girls water polo team, which pasted the Pioneers 20-2 Thursday.

The host Spartans put up 11 goals in the second quarter to lead 15-2 at halftime.

Nine players scored in the game for Mountain View, led by Kate Atherton’s four goals.

Senior Izzy Dickerson “had a great all-around game,” coach Drew Enlow said, notching three goals, two assists and four steals.

“She did all of this with no turnovers or ejections in the game,” the coach added.

Samantha Hartman and Hope Moseley also scored three goals each for the Spartans, who improved to 6-1 in the SCVAL El Camino Division, 10-3 overall.

Los Altos defeated Palo Alto 8-4 in SCVAL De Anza Division play Oct. 8. Jenna Gavenman paced the visiting Eagles (4-2 league, 6-9 overall) with four goals and Ya’el Weiner had three.

Boys water polo

Mountain View shut out Los Gatos in the middle quarters of Thursday’s De Anza Division game and won 7-5 on the road.

Spartan coach Gabor Sarusi dubbed goalie Charlie Niehaus the player of the game. He totaled 10 saves, blocking all four of the Wildcats’ six-on-five chances.

Rey Castillo and Matt Dunn scored four and three goals, respectively, for Mountain View (5-2 league, 6-5 overall). Castillo tallied six goals in a 17-12 win over Lynbrook earlier in the week.

Host Bellarmine beat rival St. Francis 12-6 Oct. 8 in West Catholic Athletic League action. Shawn Welch scored four goals for the Lancers (0-2 league).

Girls volleyball

Los Altos suffered its first league loss of the season – in four games to Palo Alto Thursday – but the host Eagles didn’t fall out of first. Los Altos is tied with Paly and Homestead for the top spot in the De Anza Division at 4-1.

Mountain View picked up its first De Anza Division victory Thursday, beating Monta Vista in four games. The Spartans went to 1-4 in league and 4-10 overall.

Three Mountain View players totaled double-digit kills: Rosa Lutz (14), Elyse Fitzsimons (13) and Megan Robinson (10).

St. Francis evened its WCAL record at 1-1 with a sweep of St. Ignatius Oct. 8. Jenna Adams recorded 14 kills for the visiting Lancers (15-6 overall).

Pinewood swept Immaculate Conception Oct. 9, improving to 3-3 in the West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division.

Field hockey

Kira Winner scored Los Altos’ lone goal in a 4-1 home loss to Cupertino Oct. 8. The Eagles slumped to 0-4 in the SCVAL.

Girls golf

St. Francis easily defeated Notre Dame-Belmont (209-226 score) and Sacred Heart Cathedral (225-250) last week in WCAL play. Nancy Xu earned medalist honors Oct. 9 against Notre Dame with a 35; Bibi Liu’s 40 led the way versus Sacred Heart Oct. 8.

Cross country

The Los Altos girls set a school record on the Woodward Park course (101 minutes, 35 seconds) and finished 10th in their division at Saturday’s Clovis Invitational.

Girls tennis

Los Altos topped rival Mountain View 6-1 in De Anza Division play Thursday.

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