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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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Singh tops elders at pair of FCWT golf tournaments


Forget her age – Simar Singh is proof that the only number that counts on the golf course is the score. The 13-year-old from Los Altos has already won two Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT) tournaments this season, despite being the youngest girl in the field.

In a span of only two months, Singh captured titles at FCWT junior tournaments at San Jose’s Coyote Creek Golf Club and Half Moon Bay Golf Links, beating golfers five and four years older, respectively.

“It’s good competition and fun to play with them,” she said of facing older players.

Singh’s most recent win occurred Jan. 12 at Half Moon Bay, where she won the girls 15-19 division. The Blach Intermediate School eighth-grader shot a 155 over two rounds. She topped the leaderboard at the end of the first with a 76 and held on the second day to edge 17-year-old Clementina Rodriguez of South Carolina by two strokes.

“She was a really good player,” Singh said of Rodriguez, a junior being recruited by several colleges. “It was tough to battle with her, but it was really fun.”

In November, Singh defeated 18-year-old Sarah Archuleta of Oregon by three strokes to win the girls 15-18 division at Coyote Creek. Singh shot a two-round total of 152. She bagged five birdies, thanks in part to her proficient putting.

“I love putting,” said Singh, who considers it the strength of her game. “It’s probably my favorite part of golf. It’s really helped me a lot – especially at Half Moon Bay.”

Singh added that she sunk putts “that were crucial for me” against challenger Rodriguez, whom she described as “a great putter.”

But Singh said her best shot of the day was a drive on the par-3 13th hole (130 yards). Using her 8 iron, Singh stuck the ball 5 feet from the hole. She then made the birdie putt.

“That was a good momentum booster,” she said.

Singh doesn’t make such shots by accident – she practices six days a week at the Stanford University Golf Course. Not that Singh is complaining.

“Golf is different every day,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun.”

Singh took up golf at age 8 – dad Biri introduced her to the sport – and she’s been hooked ever since. Singh played her first tournament less than a year later and now competes in 30 to 40 events per year.

Next up: the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior All-Star, an American Junior Golf Association tourney scheduled Feb. 14-16 in Palm Harbor, Fla.

“I’m super excited,” said Singh, who aspires to play collegiately at Stanford.

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