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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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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 advances to CCS semifinals with lopsided win over Andrew Hill


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Riley Quinn intercepts a pass in Friday’s win over Andrew Hill.

Friday’s Central Coast Section Division II football quarterfinal game pitting St. Francis High – an A-league team – against C-leaguer Andrew Hill went just about as expected.

A versus C equaled B – as in blowout.

The top-seeded Lancers routed the No. 8 Falcons 41-6 in a game that went to a running clock in the fourth quarter. Host St. Francis led 34-0 at halftime and played its starters sparingly the rest of the way.

“It went well,” Lancers coach Greg Calcagno said. “We did what we’re supposed to do, which is move on to the next round.”

Friday’s semifinal game – scheduled 7 p.m. at St. Francis – probably won’t be as easy.

The Lancers (8-3) face No. 5 Palo Alto (6-5) and Stanford University-bound quarterback Keller Chryst. The senior threw for five touchdowns in the Vikings’ 54-24 spanking of No. 4 Leland Saturday.

St. Francis quarterback Will Fischer-Colbrie didn’t need to throw much in Friday’s win over Andrew Hill (8-3). He attempted seven passes and completed three – two of them for touchdowns.

The first came on a 30-yard floater to a streaking Trillion Hebert in the final seconds of the opening quarter, pushing the Lancers’ lead to 14-0 after Patrick Fordham’s extra point. On St. Francis’ last possession of the half, Fischer-Colbrie fired an 18-yard pass into the end zone to Ryan Johnson before taking a hit.

“He can certainly throw it,” Calcagno said of his quarterback, a transfer from Mountain View High. “It’s nice that we’re able to do both – run and pass.”

The run game remains the focal point of the offense, however. The Lancers rushed for 251 yards on 26 carries Friday for a robust average of 9.7 yards per attempt.

Halfback Landon Baty led the ground attack with 106 yards on only four carries, with two of them resulting in touchdowns. After scoring St. Francis’ first points of the night on a 9-yard burst to the right side, the senior scampered 68 yards up the middle for a TD early in the second quarter. Fordham’s extra point pushed the lead to 21-0 and the rout was on.

“We were hoping to be able to run the football – we’re a pretty physical team – and we did,” Calcagno said. “If we can’t run it, we’re in trouble.”

The only trouble the Lancers experienced Friday involved ball security. St. Francis fumbled six times – losing three of them.

The Falcons lost a fumble as well and threw three interceptions. Safety Riley Quinn picked off the first pass, leaping in the air to tip and then haul in Alex Moreno’s errant throw late in the first quarter.

The St. Francis defense limited Andrew Hill to just 168 yards of offense. The Falcons converted only three of their 12 third-down plays.

“That’s what we pride ourselves on – our ability to play defense,” Calcagno said. “That’s our No. 1 priority and we focus on that all year. If we play good defense and they don’t score a lot, it makes it a lot easier on offense.”


2013 football: St. Francis High School vs. Hill High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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