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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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Comment

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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Letters to the Editor

Donations for homeless generate warm response

Much effort has been expended to provide warmth and comfort to the homeless seeking shelter in the Sunnyvale Armory via the “One Warm Scarf” campaign.

They thank you, and I thank you, for all your efforts. The warm items came just in time for the extreme cold weather. Be assured that all the future warm items you make will be delivered directly to our homeless.

Many thanks to all those who donated the yarn. Please note that there is always a need for more yarn.

To donate and for more information, call 968-2751 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Sandy Goldstein

Los Altos

Rotary Club continues Mandela’s AIDS work

With the recent passing of Nelson Mandela, we recognize his efforts in the struggle against AIDS.

Michael Sidibe, head of UNAIDS, the United Nations’ HIV/AIDS agency, said Mandela was “a statesman who had AIDS at the top of his agenda, and he used his stature and presence on the global stage to persuade world leaders to act decisively on AIDS. His legacy will be felt by generations.”

Since 1989, the Rotary Club of Los Altos has also been working to combat AIDS. In fact, we’re the first Rotary Club in the world to focus attention on the AIDS pandemic.

We’re also the first service club in the world to receive the prestigious Peabody Award for Broadcast Excellence (for our attitude-changing AIDS documentary “The Los Altos Story”). Generous response to fundraising efforts had made these projects possible.

While awaiting final approval from The Rotary Foundation for our third grant for Child AIDS Prevention in Liberia, we look forward to our next big effort: helping Los Altos resident and Rotary Club member Allart Ligtenberg launch Child AIDS Prevention in Nepal.

You can help by including the nonprofit Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project in your year-end giving. Make a tax-deductible donation online (rotaryAIDSproject.org) or by check (Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project, PO Box 794, Los Altos 94023).

As Nelson Mandela said on World AIDS Day 2000, “Give a child love, laughter and peace, not AIDS.”

Thank you for the important Rotary service your contribution will enable.

Marlene Cowan and representatives of the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project

Something missing from letter?

After reading the Town Crier letter from Myra Orta (“Bullying starts with the parents,” Dec. 11), I realized that there was some vital information that had been omitted.

Here is my simple request: In the future, when the Town Crier decides to publish a letter like this, please append an editor’s note informing us of the date, time and location where we can pick up the torches and pitchforks.

Thanks for your future help.

Tony Lima

Los Altos

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