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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

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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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A.A. GOETZ, M.D.

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May 7, 2013 – Nov. 16, 2013
Resident of Los Altos

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Dr. Goetz resided in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills for over 60 years. In declining health over the past year, he passed away peacefully with his son and daughter by his side. Dr. Goetz grew up in Hagerstown, MD and earned his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins and his M.D. from University of Maryland. He married his beloved Natalie in 1947, and they had a storybook romance for 64 years until her death in 2009.

In the late 1940’s, military service brought them to California where Dr. Goetz, an Army medical officer, was stationed at Fort Ord.They fell in love with California and stayed. Dr. Goetz practiced internal medicine and cardiology in California for over 50 years, first in San Francisco and then in the South Bay as an early member of the Sunnyvale Medical Group. Dr. Goetz was the founding chief of medical staff of El Camino Hospital and served until 1961 when the doors opened. He opened a medical clinic in Mt. View, the first of a series of group practices dedicated to the belief that doctors working together could provide superior care to their patients. Dr. Goetz was much beloved by his patients and was a pillar in the medical community. In the early 1980’s he founded one of the first Executive Health Programs in the area, which subsequently became part of El Camino Hospital. It later operated out of the Menlo Clinic and continues to thrive at Stanford Hospital. 

Dr. Goetz was an avid tennis player and skier who enjoyed both pursuits into his eighties. Dr. Goetz enjoyed a wide, warm circle of friends who continued to visit him to his last days.

Dr. Goetz is survived by his son Bill and daughter-in-law Jennifer of Eugene, Oregon; daughter Allison and grandchildren Zoe and Leo Davis of Redwood City.  The family thanks the staff at the Forum Health Care Center for their patient and loving care. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, December 17, at 3:00 p.m. at the Los Altos Golf and Country Club, 1560 Country Club Drive. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Parkinson’s Institute.

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