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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

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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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Food Briefs


Ehrlich and Lewis

Strike, the Los Altos-based brewery started by a trio of local beerpreneurs, found a permanent home this winter.

Jenny Lewis, Ben Lewis and Drew Ehrlich founded Strike from a home in Los Altos, graduated to a shared contract brewery and are now retrofitting the former Viking Door and Window building in San Jose as a warehouse space, where they’ll brew beer and eventually, they hope, lead tours and establish a tasting room.

They’re working on the new space this month with plans to start production in the new year – hopefully in time to concoct something special for SF Beer Week, scheduled Feb. 7-16.

Contract brewing at a shared plant in San Jose let the startup begin to scale up from the homebrewing operation it once was. But now, a dedicated space allows for larger-scale experimentation – and bigger contracts. Major retailers like Costco have started stocking their beer, which requires increased production volume. Strike produced 500 barrels of beer last year, is on track to make 1,000 this year and may double it next year.

What new flavors should Strike fans expect to see on the menu? Ehrlich plans to try his hand at the “sour” Belgian styles, a geuze or a lambic, while Jenny Lewis looks forward to a West Coast fruit beer next summer – huckleberry, olallieberry or the like.

Local CEO Bartlett honored for culinary work

The Chef’s Association of the Pacific Coast Inc. last month honored Los Altos resident Mary Clark Bartlett, CEO and founder of Epicurean Group, with the Antonin Carême Medal.

Named for chef Antonin Carême, known as “the Chef of Kings and the King of Chefs,” the award honors “individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the culinary profession, to education, or the advancement of gastronomy and to the culinary arts.” Bartlett was among this year’s six medal recipients, joining Leon Panetta, Aaron Johnson, Lars Kronmark, Thomas Macrina and Bobby Moghaddam.

Bartlett was the 160th recipient and the seventh woman to earn medalist honors, according to Elliott Katz, 2013 Carême board trustee. Katz introduced Bartlett, the evening’s first honoree, as “a recognized thought-leader in sustainable food,” citing her environmental education and advocacy efforts.

Bartlett accepted the award on behalf of her business partners, Rey Hernandez and Marvin Rodriguez, who, she said, have been by her side since the company’s inception.

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