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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 seek public's help in home burglary attempt

A Truman Avenue resident’s frightening encounter with a burglar prompted Los Altos police last week to ask members of the public to step forward with information that could lead to an arrest.

Los Altos Police Sgt. Cameron Shearer told the Town Crier that investigators are asking residents who may have been near the intersection of Fremont and Truman avenues at approximately 1:43 p.m. Dec. 27 to provide any information that could help identify the burglary suspect. He is described as a 6-foot-tall Latino male in his 30s, wearing boots and a green construction safety vest.

In addition, Shearer noted, police are seeking details about the suspect’s getaway vehicle, described as a white “construction type” van with a sliding side door and no rear passenger windows on either side. Shearer noted that the victim was unable to provide a description of a second male who was sitting in the driver seat of the van, which was parked within view of motorists traveling along the Truman and Fremont avenues intersection at the time.

Shearer said the Truman/Fremont intersection was experiencing heavy traffic at the time of the attempt – known commonly by police as a “hot prowl” burglary. He specifically noted that “probably 30 cars passed by the van” during the time.

“That intersection was completely backed up at Fremont and Truman. … We’re hoping that maybe somebody saw something,” Shearer said.

According to Shearer, the suspects parked the van near the intersection before one of them approached a nearby house and knocked on the door. When no one answered, the suspect kicked open the front door and accessed the home, only to run into the homeowner when he entered one of the bedrooms. The suspect subsequently turned and fled the residence without taking any items.

Shearer added that investigators are specifically interested in learning more about the identity of the second suspect – the driver. They are also seeking more details about the van – specifically whether it may have had a company logo, or if anyone from the public may have seen the van at a nearby construction site earlier that day.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Los Altos Police Department at 947-2770.

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