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Police Blotter

Minor injury accidents

Oct. 17, 10:28 a.m., 600 block of Fremont Avenue: Police responded to a report of a bicyclist colliding with a pedestrian in a private parking lot. The pedestrian was treated on scene by paramedics but declined transport to a ...

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Schools

St. Francis High president plans to retire at end of school year

St. Francis High president plans to retire at end of school year


St. Francis High School President Kevin Makley plans to retire at the end of the school year after nearly 30 years of service.

Makley joined the faculty at St. Francis as director of guidance and counseling in 1985. He subsequently served as direc...

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Community

LAUMC invites residents to volunteer for Compassion Week

Los Altos United Methodist Church is taking a week off from its regularly scheduled worship services to serve others in a hands-on way Sunday.

The church has dedicated this week through Sunday to Compassion Week, seven days of volunteer service oppo...

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Sports

Locals take to their feet to defeat cancer

Locals take to their feet to defeat cancer


Xin Liu /Special to the Town Crier
The inaugural Los Altos Community Pink Ribbon 5K Run/Walk drew 143 participants and raised more than $4,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The Los Altos Community Pink Ribbon 5K Run/Walk raised more tha...

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Business

Market volatility works both ways

Volatility in the stock market can be scary, especially on the downside we experienced last week. But when the market trends upward – as it did Friday by more than 300 points – it’s easier to keep a level head amid the turmoil.

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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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LAH Council Preview

The Los Altos Hills City Council is scheduled to meet 5:30 p.m. Thursday at town hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road. A reception to honor the town’s new council-selected mayor and vice mayor will follow. Below is a roundup of agenda items.

Committee presents results of Westwind search

After interviewing six vendors interested in assuming control of Westwind Community Barn, the interview committee is scheduled to present the results.

According to a memorandum issued in advance of Thursday’s meeting, the committe will recommend that two vendors, Torie Dye of Fremont Hills Country Club and Laura Stevens of Heather Hill Riding Academy, advance to the bidding phase.

The new vendor will be responsible for operating commercial boarding at the barn, in addition to Parks and Recreation riding programs, Pacific Ridge Pony Club horse leasing, facility scheduling, private lessons and portions of the 4-H equine services.

Sheriff’s contract up for renewal

Los Altos Hills’ 10-year contract with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office expires June 30, prompting staff to recommend renewing the agreement for law enforcement services.

Based on services provided, the Los Altos Hills Finance and Investment Committee found that contracting with the Sheriff’s Office is “comparatively low cost.” The Sheriff’s Office projects a per capita cost of $122 to provide services during the 2013-2014 fiscal year, the lowest among all communities served by the office.

Los Altos Hills budgeted 15.77 percent of its general fund for law enforcement services, slightly more than $1 million for fiscal year 2014. The Sheriff’s Office has served the town of Los Altos Hills since its incorporation in 1956.

Purissima Creek project set for construction

Approximately 1,200 native plants may soon replace poison hemlock, periwinkle, English ivy and other invasive species that populate a 2-acre stretch along Purissima Creek at O’Keefe Preserve in Los Altos Hills. If approved, the $155,000 project will begin in January and conclude in June.

A $98,425 grant from the Santa Clara Valley Water District, $34,200 from the town’s capital improvement account and an $18,848 in-kind contribution will fund the project.

Student volunteers from Bullis Charter School will participate in the planting along the banks of Purissima Creek during the native species restoration phase of the project.

Guardrail project aims to make Taaffe Road safer

Prompted by safety concerns from neighbors following a March 2012 accident along a sharp curve on Taaffe Road, the Planning Commission recommended the installation of a guardrail near the intersection at Elena Road.

If approved, project funding, estimated at $29,600, will come from the street capital improvements budget.

– Ellie Van Houtte

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