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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

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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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Rubin replaces Hall as head coach of St. Francis girls volleyball team


St. Francis High administrators didn’t have to look far to find their next varsity girls volleyball coach – he was already on campus.

They announced Dec. 16 that Mike Rubin, a physics teacher who has coached the varsity boys volleyball team and freshman girls squad, will run the girls program. Rubin replaces Leahi Hall, who stepped down after five seasons as head coach.

“We are extremely excited about the appointment of Mike Rubin as our new head girls volleyball coach,” athletic director Michael Pilawski said in a press release. “Mike has done amazing things with our boys program and has been an integral part of our girls program the past two years. Mike’s knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for our school and our tradition will surely continue the great success of our girls program both on and off the court.”

Rubin will continue to run the boys team, which plays in the spring. In his 10 years at the helm, the Lancers claimed two Central Coast Section championships and four West Catholic Athletic League titles. He was named a CCS Honor Coach in 2009.

“I am honored that the athletic department and the administration have given me the opportunity to lead the St. Francis girls volleyball team” Rubin said in a press release. “As the head coach, I look forward to continuing the tradition of athletic excellence and dedication that has strengthened the St. Francis community for many years. Our goal is to continue to build a program that consistently competes for CCS and state championships through teamwork and diligence.”

Rubin takes over a team that went 24-13 this year and was swept by Los Altos in the CCS semifinals. The Lancers last won CCS in 2011 and captured a state crown in 2010, Hall’s second season as coach.

Although Hall will no longer lead the Lancers, she isn’t leaving St. Francis.

“Leahi is still working at the school and that continues to be her plan at this time,” Pilawski said when the Town Crier asked why she resigned. “The decision to leave was purely her decision at this time.”

Girls soccer

Prospect scored on an indirect free kick with 10 minutes left to beat host Pinewood 1-0 Dec. 17.

“We should have won this game, since we had the better chances, but we could not convert,” said coach Michael Tetzlaff, whose Panthers slumped to 1-5.

Girls basketball

The Los Altos girls (4-3) won the King’s Academy Tournament by beating Prospect, Aragon and the host team by double-digit points. Three Eagles reached double figures in their 49-32 rout of King’s in the Dec. 14 final: Meg Enthoven (14 points), Katie Munro (12) and Meghan McDermott (11).

That same day, Mountain View claimed the Monta Vista Tournament with a victory over the host team. Jayme Hughes was voted MVP and fellow Spartan Cori Nishimoto made the all-tourney team.

St. Francis (5-2) didn’t fare quite as well in the Terra Nova Tournament final Dec. 14. The Lancers fell 56-43 to Santa Rosa, despite Adriana Frazier’s 16 points.

Boys basketball

Los Altos beat host Leland 65-49 in non-league action Dec. 16 behind 26 points from Joey Malgesini. Steven Garverick and Daniel Rosenbaum added 15 and 14 points, respectively, for the Eagles (4-4).

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