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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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Police Blotter

DUI arrest

Dec. 14, 3:57 a.m., West El Camino Real and Grant Road: Police stopped a 30-year-old male motorist for driving at speeds exceeding 80 mph and later determined that he was under the influence of alcohol. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Package thefts

Dec. 14, 12:56 to 2:35 p.m., 2500 block of Deodara Drive and 1700 block of Granger Avenue: An unknown suspect stole mail packages left on the front porches of two homes. Police believe the same suspect may be responsible for both thefts.

Dec. 15, 4:47 p.m., 400 block of Cypress Drive: An unknown suspect stole six packages left on a home’s front porch, plus other mail.

Dec. 17, 9:14 p.m., 100 block of South Clark Avenue: An unknown suspect stole a package containing a toy piano valued at $100 from a home’s front porch. Police, who noted that the theft occurred sometime between noon and 7:45 p.m., later found the packaging strewn in front of a home on Springer Terrace.

Dec. 17, 9:35 p.m., 300 block of Verano Drive: An unknown suspect stole a package from a home’s front porch between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. The victim declined to file a police report.

Injury accident/DUI

Dec. 15, 12:23 a.m., South El Monte Avenue and Foothill Expressway: A 62-year-old female motorist crashed her MINI Cooper into a light pole and was transported to Stanford Hospital with moderate injuries. Responding officers determined that the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. She was cited and later released from police custody.

Underage DUI

Dec. 15, 1:54 a.m., 100 block of North San Antonio Road: Police stopped a male motorist under the age of 21 for a moving violation and determined that he was driving under the influence of alcohol. He was cited and later released from police custody.

Auto burglary

Dec. 15, 1:13 p.m., 1100 block of Covington Road: An unknown suspect smashed the front passenger window and stole an iPhone from a vehicle.

Solo accident

Dec. 17, 12:30 a.m., 600 block of Distel Drive: A male motorist crashed his Bentley into a tree located in the middle of a cul-de-sac. Police said alcohol was not a factor in the accident.

– Diego Abeloos

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