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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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Goldsmith ends 34-year run in Los Altos: Dean's Designs closing its doors at the end of 2013


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Dean’s Designs at 328 Main St. is closing its doors at the end of 2013 after more than 30 years in downtown Los Altos. Larry Hayano purchased the custom goldsmith business from founder Dean Yoshimizu in 1990. Long-time employees, from left, include Lynda Newlon, Pamela Palajac, Ruth Aguirre and Gigi Luna.

Retirement will mean the end of the line for a downtown Los Altos business that first opened its doors in 1979.

Custom goldsmith Dean’s Designs at 328 Main St. is shuttering its doors at the end of the year following owner and master goldsmith Larry Hayano’s retirement. The retailer is currently running a retirement sale through its final day – Dec. 31 – in Los Altos.

Pamela Palajac – the store’s graduate jeweler gemologist – told the Town Crier that Hayano began planning his retirement in 2012 and called the end of Dean’s Designs a bittersweet moment for the goldsmith and its staff. Hayano, a member of the American Gem Society, was unavailable for comment last week.

“I’d definitely say it’s melancholy,” Palajac said. “But we’re also far too busy to let that interrupt what we’re doing.”

Hayano assumed ownership of the business after purchasing it in 1990 from the original Dean – retiring founder and childhood friend Dean Yoshimizu. Prior to taking over the business, Hayano worked with Yoshimizu as a jewelry designer and repairer.

Palajac credited a loyal following for the goldsmith’s longtime success, noting that several customers who no longer live in the area still ship items to the store regularly for cleanings – a service the store has performed free of charge since its opening. Pointing to its 30-plus years in downtown Los Altos, Palajac added that the retailer’s following is also a multigenerational affair.

“Larry has seen parents come in here, and now we’re seeing their kids getting married, too,” said Palajac, who began working for Hayano six years ago and has 25 years of experience in the business. “It’s been very cool to be a part of something like that.”

Since Hayano announced his retirement plans, Palajac said the store has been the site of a few tearful goodbyes from regular customers who learned of its pending closure.

“We had a customer recently who was crying as she was walking out of here,” Palajac said. “She’ll miss having that connection and seeing Larry in here.”

But the customers aren’t the only ones who will miss the store, added Palajac. She said she’ll specifically miss Hayano himself, as well as the familylike working atmosphere the goldsmith’s small staff enjoys on a daily basis.

“We’re very tight and we work incredibly well together,” Palajac said of her colleagues. “It’s really the best job.”

For more information, visit deansdesigns.net.

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