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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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St. Francis girls run away from field at league meet

The St. Francis High underclassmen overwhelmed the field in the girls race at Thursday’s second West Catholic Athletic League meet of the year.

The Lancers placed five runners among the top 10 – all of them underclassmen – and beat runner-up Mitty by 23 points.

Freshman Julia Bounds led the way, winning the 3-mile race at Golden Gate Park in 17 minutes, 54 seconds – a league and school record.

“Julia led the race at the 400-meter mark and never looked back,” St. Francis coach Roberta Chisam said.

Bounds is the Lancers’ most seasoned competitor, according to Chisam, who described her team as “really young by age and experience.” Bounds began running on a club team at 8, Chisam said, winning several national age-group titles over the years.

Beyond Bounds, the Lancers received strong efforts Thursday from sophomore Melissa Seaman (fifth, 19:25), junior Hannah Kim (sixth, 19:31), sophomore Gia Kim (seventh, 19:35) and freshman Emily Skahill (eighth, 19:38).

“Other than Julia, the rest have not had much running experience until they entered high school,” Chisam said. “They are all developing very quickly this year.”

The St. Francis boys finished second to Bellarmine at last week’s meet. Gabe McLarnan placed second (15:49) and fellow senior Robbie Lacomble came in 10th (16:07).

At Saturday’s Monterey Bay Invitational, the Los Altos High girls edged Leland for first place. Sophomore Lauren Jacob paced the Eagles – who clipped the Chargers by three points – with a second-place time of 18:47. Teammates Katie Klein (20:04) and Kristen Adams (20:51) finished sixth and 10th, respectively.

The Los Altos boys placed second – just a point behind champion Willow Glen. Ben Zaeske ran a 16:04 for second place.

Boys water polo

Mountain View’s 14-11 nonleague win over St. Francis last week marked the Spartans’ first victory over the Lancers in at least 12 years.

Yet coach Gabor Sarusi said his team has won bigger games in recent years.

“(The Oct. 15) win was a significant win for the program and for our season, for sure, but I won’t say it’s one of our biggest wins,” he said, citing two victories over Los Altos and one against Serra last year as more significant.

Host Mountain View, which entered the fourth quarter down two goals, outscored St. Francis 6-1 the rest of the way. Rey Castillo scored three of his team-high eight goals in the fourth.

Charlie Niehaus made 12 saves for the Spartans (7-5 overall).

Los Altos cruised to a 19-10 win over visiting Lynbrook Thursday behind nine goals from Sam Lisbonne.

Girls water polo

Goalies Daniela Turner and Paige Taylor combined for 16 saves in Mountain View’s 9-0 shutout of Harker Oct. 15.

Kate Atherton and Izzy Dickerson scored two goals each for the Spartans, who improved to 7-1 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 11-3 overall.

Freshman Kayleigh Peterson lifted Los Altos to a 6-5 win over Homestead, scoring the game-winning goal with 20 seconds left in overtime. Jenna Gavenman tallied three goals and Casey Vanneman added two for the Eagles (5-3 De Anza Division).

Seven players scored for St. Francis in a 12-2 blowout of Leland Friday in non-league play. Courtney Batcheller led the Lancers (15-0) with three goals.

Field hockey

Host Los Altos played Saratoga to a 1-all tie Oct. 15. Emma Orner scored for the Eagles (0-5-1 SCVAL, 0-8-2 overall).

Girls golf

St. Francis claimed the WCAL round-robin championship after winning all three of its matches last week to finish 11-1.

The Lancers defeated St. Ignatius (202-206 score), Presentation (202-223) and Valley Christian (201-218).

“We seem to be coming on at the right time,” coach Phil Marrone said. “It seems as though the bigger the stakes are, the steadier they play.”

Medalist Nancy Xu shot a 1-under-par 35 in Thursday’s victory over Valley Christian at Shoreline Golf Links. Bibi Liu posted the same score for medalist honors in the Oct. 14 win against St. Ignatius at Shoreline.

Girls tennis

Mountain View fell to Gunn (5-2 score) and Lynbrook (7-0) last week in De Anza Division action. The Spartans sank to 0-9 in league and 1-10 overall.

Mountain View’s wins against Gunn came at No. 1 singles (Sheila Ahi) and No. 1 doubles (Jamie Osborne and Samantha Joseph).

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