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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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LORAINE FLORENCE HAWKS

OBIT LoraineHawks1
OBIT LoraineHawks2

        

September 26, 1921 - November 11, 2013

Resident of San Jose 

Loraine Hawks entered into rest on November 11, 2013 at the age of 92. She was born on September 26th, 1921 in Park Ridge, Illinois to Florence Koenig and Hill Koenig, a prominent Burlington Railroad executive. She was a resident of the Villages Country Club in San Jose for the past 19 years. Before moving to San Jose, she was a long time resident of Los Altos.   Survivors include her beloved husband of 62 years, Ernest Hawks, a son Eric Hawks (Lesley) of Mountain View, CA, three grandchildren, who were the light of her life, Kaitlin Stonum (Robert) of Cupertino, CA, Nathan Hawks of San Francisco, CA, Samuel Hawks of Palo Alto, CA, and their mother Jennifer Hawks of Palo Alto, CA.

She earned a Bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin, as well as a Masters Degree in Education and Teaching Credential from Stanford University. She taught Physical Education at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo and in 1951 she took up residence in Los Altos, where she assumed the role of Dean of Women at Mountain View High School between 1951- 1957. Later she worked alongside her husband at Lawson - Hawks Insurance Associates as an Accounting Executive from 1970 to 1980.

Loraine was a kind and charitable woman who always maintained a positive outlook and cheerful disposition. Her warm and friendly smile would put even a stranger at ease. Her keen sense of fairness enabled her to see both sides of every situation. She had a love for cooking and entertaining as she opened her home and her heart to many including friends, family, neighbors, Rotary exchange students and Stanford students. She loved sports of all types, was an avid golfer and participated in synchronized swimming in her early adult years. Her son Eric recalls her teaching him touch football as a youth.

She was a former member of the Los Altos Golf and Country Club; an active member of Ironwood Country Club in Palm Desert, CA to this date, and was responsible for organizing the “Desert 9er’s”, a Woman's 9 Hole Golf group in Palm Desert that grew to 16 clubs and 900 members.

Loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother, educator, friend and colleague you will be greatly missed by all.

A Memorial Service will be held for Loraine at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 21st, 2013 at the Spangler Mortuary at 399 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos, CA, 94022; burial at the Alta Mesa Cemetery, and a reception will follow immediately afterwards at the Elks Lodge 4249 El Camino Real,  Palo Alto, CA 94306.

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