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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

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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Students raise money for Haitian school


Los Altos High School’s Haiti Solidarity Club continues to support its sister school in Haiti with fundraising events and trips to assist with construction of a new school.

SOPUDEP (Society of Providence United for the Economic Development of Port-au-Prince), the Haitian-founded and -run grassroots social agency, provides free, accessible education to adults and children and supports economic empowerment for the poor. Its goal is to use the power of education to improve the quality of life for the poorest members of the community and instill pride and hope for a better future.

The SOPUDEP School serves more than 800 low-income children from prekindergarten through 12th grade. Haitian Réa Dol founded the school, part of a broader local initiative that also supports Haitian women’s rights and economic independence.

The Los Altos High club is actively involved in supporting the school by learning about Haitian culture, history and politics and engaging the Los Altos community in their cause.

The connection between Los Altos High and SOPUDEP began in 2010 when students sought ways to help with relief efforts after an earthquake devastated the Caribbean nation. Seth Donnelly, Los Altos High civics teacher and member of the Haiti Action Committee, knew Dol from his many trips to Haiti.

Donnelly led the first delegation of students that traveled to Haiti to provide direct aid and help with construction of a new SOPUDEP School.

Since 2010, Los Altos students have raised more than $200,000 through rummage sales, silent auctions, concerts and other community events. Their efforts have provided the main source of funding for both the purchase of land and ongoing construction of the SOPUDEP School, according to Donnelly. Over the years, seven delegations and more than 100 Los Altos High students have traveled to Haiti to deliver donations and assist with construction.

Barry Groves, superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, traveled with Donnelly and 24 Los Altos High students to Haiti last February.

“My sojourn to Haiti was the most impactful experience of my 35-plus years in education,” he said. “The Haitians are so needy and at the same time remarkably appreciative and willing to do whatever it takes to improve their lot in life. I am so proud of the work that our students are doing.”

Another delegation of 28 students is slated to travel to Haiti next month.

Members of the Haiti Solidarity Club have scheduled a silent auction 2-4:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at First & Main Sports Lounge, 397 Main St., Los Altos. All funds raised go directly to support SOPUDEP and other programs that promise a better future for Haiti.

To donate to SOPUDEP, visit sopudep.org, click “Donate” on the program line and select your choice of organizations. Reference “SOPUDEP Los Altos HS” in the program line.

For information on the silent auction, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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