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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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No signs of slowing down : Los Altos realtor celebrates 89th birthday, plans to keep working


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier 
Harold Hughes began his career in real estate at age 69. Hughes celebrated his 89th birthday last week.

Coldwell Banker realtor Harold Hughes isn’t letting age slow him down anytime soon.

Hughes, who embarked on a third career as a realtor nearly 21 years ago, celebrated his 89th birthday last week with a large contingent of colleagues and friends – as well as a sizable birthday cake – at the Coldwell Banker offices at 161 S. San Antonio Road. The 36-year Los Altos resident, who works part time, told the Town Crier that he has no plans to call it a career anytime soon.

“I have to do something, you know,” Hughes said with a chuckle. “When I started in real estate, I was determined to work in (the industry) for 20 years. Maybe now I’ll make it 25.”

And work is certainly nothing new to Hughes, who still lives in the same Los Altos house he and his wife, Joy, purchased in 1977.

The son of a Kentucky tobacco farmer, Hughes joined the Navy at the age of 18, serving in World War II and the Korean War before retiring in 1963 after a 20-year military career. He served an additional 10 years as a reservist, then worked for VWR International LLC in Brisbane, a global laboratory supply company, where he ascended from salesman to the company’s management ranks before retiring once again in 1989 at age 65.

Despite a second retirement, Hughes said he still had the bug to continue working and attempted to form a startup to compete with VWR. However, the venture proved to be short-lived and he found himself pursuing a third career in real estate.

“I knew I still wanted to do something,” said Hughes, who began taking courses in real estate in the early 1990s. “At the time, things were booming and I just needed something to do.”

Meanwhile, Hughes’ colleagues said he’s a continuing source of laughs, inspiration and entertaining stories of years gone by to all who know him.

Fellow Coldwell Banker realtor and Los Altos resident Kathryn Tomaino said Hughes stands out because of his loyalty and work ethic, among other qualities.

“My dad was a World War II vet also, and Harold is kind of the last of the breed,” said Tomaino, in reference to the “Greatest Generation.”

“He’s very loyal, as you can see – he’s been here 20 years,” she continued. “He’s always out there and very involved. I think it’s what keeps him young.”

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