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News

Election flyer mimics newspaper coverage

Election flyer mimics newspaper coverage

A flyer is being distributed across Los Altos that looks like it is from the Los Altos Town Crier but was neither created nor distributed by the community’s weekly newspaper. The flyer, pictured at right, is being distributed by workers from Pyrami...

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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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FRED HODGE

OBIT Fred Hodge

April 18, 1925 – January 6, 2014

Fred Hodge, a resident of Palo Alto for 44 years, died on January 6th at the age of 88 of congestive heart failure. He had been living at The Forum in Cupertino for the last 3 years, where he was known as "everyone's helper" - running errands for other residents with his Nissan truck. His kindness will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Fred was born in Los Angeles, CA, in 1925 to Eleanor and Frank Hodge, and graduated from L.A. High School as the war was breaking out.  He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in June 1943, and was trained as a Bombadier on B-24's.  He married his high school sweetheart, Eileen Holland, in February 1945. When the war ended they moved to Berkeley to attend the University of California; he graduating in Civil Engineering in January 1950. They always chuckled at being the Beta house fraternity "chaperones" (at 20 years of age), just because they were married!  Fred played football while at CAL, being one of "Pappy's Boys," and maintained these CAL-Beta-Pappy’s Boys associations into his eighties.

Returning to live closer to their families in Southern California after college, he and Eileen raised their 3 children: Brady, Linley (“Twinkie”) and Kerry in Palos Verdes from 1956-1965, and while there Fred earned his MBA from USC.  He then transferred with the FMC Corporation to Palo Alto where he was VP of Sales for Southeast Asia, making routine trips to Asia-Pacific, sometimes accompanied by his wife.  Fred and Eileen were active members of Foothills Tennis Club in Palo Alto, enjoying many years playing tennis and taking bicycle trips with friends.  A life-long active sportsman, Fred's love of fishing & back-packing in the Rockies, skiing all rugged terrain, scuba-diving the different oceans, and tennis around the world with People-to-People Tennis Tours allowed him the opportunity "to meet the greatest people who appreciate the beauty of this magnificent planet!"

After retirement, Fred spent his life volunteering, and for many years traveled to foreign countries with the International Executive Service Corps, offering his business expertise to companies in developing countries.  He was an honorary Camp Counselor at the USC Wrigley Family Science Camp on Catalina Island, until he was 83, guiding the night snorkeling dives for all the families, and soon also became appreciated as the camp's "fix-it" guy.  Fixing anything broken was driven by his engineering skill, and his workbench in his garage was always his "happy place!"  He believed volunteering was his life calling, and he continued his service while at The Forum, making trips to The Goodwill or Ecumenical Hunger with truckloads of donations for other Forum residents.  The beneficiaries and donors were all his pals.

A great joy for "Grandpa Freddie" was watching his grandchildren play their different sports at St. Francis High School, and he could always be seen on the court or field or track between 1996-2009.  He became a favorite fan of each team, and will be remembered for his devotion to his six grandchildren (and their teammates):  Chase ('00), Colby ('03) & Carter ('09) Lyman, and Kelly ('02), Bo ('06) & CJ ('09) Thede. 

Fred was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Eileen, in 2003, and is survived by his 3 children: Brady Hodge of S. Lake Tahoe, Linley ('Twinkie') and Brad Lyman of Los Altos Hills, and Kerry Thede of Los Altos, his 6 grandchildren, sister Ann Hodge Magnuson of Santa Rosa, and many nieces and nephews.  

Private family services will be held at his favorite body-surfing beach, San Clemente, in early April - timed with the arrival of his 2nd great-grandchild, to honor his belief that the Circle of Life is one of God's great gifts. 

In lieu of flowers, donations could be made in his name to the YMCA of Silicon Valley, c/o Tony Ganger, Chief Development Officer, 80 Saratoga Avenue, Santa Clara, California 95051.  The YMCA was a significant influence on Fred in his early years and he continued to value their commitment to strengthening individuals, families and communities.

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