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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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Lancers face familiar foe in final


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis halfback Alex Andrighetto races to the end zone as Palo Alto quarterback Keller Chryst watches from the sideline. Andrighetto rushed for three TDs and intercepted a Chryst pass Friday.

The St. Francis High defense held Keller Chryst – one of the area’s top passers – in check to easily defeat Palo Alto in Friday’s Central Coast Section Division II semifinal game.

Winning the final will likely require doing the same to one of the section’s best runners – Los Gatos’ Joey Wood.

In a rematch of last year’s title game, the defending champion Lancers are set to take on Wood and the Wildcats 7 p.m. Saturday at Campbell’s Westmont High.

“I’m super excited to play them again,” said St. Francis’ standout running back/defensive back Alex Andrighetto, whose team prevailed 17-0 a year ago on a wet Westmont field. “There’s a rivalry with Los Gatos.”

The top-seeded Lancers and No. 2 Wildcats are both 9-3 and coming off blowout wins. St. Francis pounded Paly 45-21 Friday night, while Los Gatos mauled Menlo-Atherton 35-6 behind Wood’s 213 yards rushing and four touchdowns.

Andrighetto’s effort wasn’t too shabby, either. The senior made a rousing return from the shoulder injury that had sidelined him for three games.

Andrighetto rushed for 150 yards and three touchdowns, punctuated by a 54-yard scamper midway through the third quarter that put his team up 35-21 after Patrick Fordham’s extra point.

“I’m feeling great – especially after that win right there,” Andrighetto said when asked how his shoulder held up in Friday’s home game.

Andrighetto made an impact on defense as well, intercepting a Chryst pass in the second quarter. The Stanford University-bound senior tossed another interception on Paly’s next drive, this one snared by safety Conor Thane.

“We picked off a great quarterback a few times,” Andrighetto said. “We took it as a personal challenge – a DI (college) quarterback coming into our stadium – and we didn’t want to lose.”

Chryst – who threw for five touchdowns a week earlier in the Vikings’ playoff opener – had his struggles against a stingy St. Francis defense. He finished 15-of-34 passing for 291 yards and two touchdowns, both in the first half. The Lancers sacked Chryst three times and broke up six of his passes.

Chryst wasn’t helped by his ground game; Paly rushed for -5 yards Friday. The quarterback accounted for the Vikings’ longest run of the night – a 10-yard scramble in the fourth quarter.

St. Francis, meanwhile, had little trouble running the ball. Behind its big and physical offensive line, the team rushed for 362 yards on 57 carries.

Andrighetto wasn’t the lone Lancer to surpass 100 yards on the ground. Halfback Landon Baty totaled 121 yards, scoring on a 28-yard run on St. Francis’ first play from scrimmage. The senior broke through the middle and high-stepped into the end zone.

Baty fumbled on the Lancers’ next drive, however, and Paly (6-6) scored six plays later on Chryst’s 71-yard bomb to Eli Givens.

St. Francis produced the next two touchdowns on 5-yard runs by Andrighetto to lead 21-7 early in the second quarter.

But the Lancers fumbled the ball away on their following two possessions and the fifth-seeded Vikings took advantage of the second one. Chryst connected with Keesan Johnson on a 28-yard pass into the left side of the end zone. The extra point cut St. Francis’ lead to 21-14 with 1:56 remaining in the half.

That turned out to be plenty of time for the Lancers to respond. Less than a minute later, quarterback Will Fischer-Colbrie completed his lone pass of the night (he only threw three) to receiver Trillion Hebert for a 68-yard score.

St. Francis’ 28-14 lead didn’t last long. Paly’s Malcolm Davis returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown.

That’s as close as the game would get. The Vikings mustered only one first down in the second half, while St. Francis added touchdown runs by Andrighetto and Devin Hurtado, along with Fordham’s field goal for good measure.


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

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