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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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A little more elbow room : Expansion at State Street's Pompeii Ristorante nearly complete


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Pompeii Ristorante currently has a 46-seat capacity in its main dining room. Co-owner Gilbert Gutierrez, pictured, plans to add more than 20 seats by expanding into the space next door.

A project nearly two years in the making is about to cross the finish line.

Gabriel and Felipe Gutierrez, owners of Pompeii Ristorante at 100 State St., told the Town Crier last week that work to expand their popular Italian eatery is nearing completion. Barring any unforeseen problems, the brothers plan to open the additional dining area no later than Valentine’s Day.

News of the restaurant’s addition came in March 2012 after the duo opted for a larger restaurant area and leased the former home of Donut Du Jour at 108 State St., next to Pompeii.

The expansion will add more than 20 seats to the restaurant’s existing 46-seat dining area. Pompeii also offers 30-plus outdoor patio seats – added space that is frequently unavailable during the cold and rainy seasons.

“It will mean being able to do more things and (accommodate) more customers – and that’s good. We like that,” Felipe said.

He added that the impetus behind the expansion was simple – to more efficiently serve customers who would otherwise be forced to wait 30 to 45 minutes for a table in the restaurant’s main dining area.

The duo attributed the duration of the nearly two-year project to several factors, including the city’s lengthy approval process for the expansion plan and the time needed for renovations, which began in earnest in September.

Gabriel said the added space would allow them to accommodate larger parties during lunch and dinner. In addition to more tables and shorter wait times for customers, the new space will also provide a larger work area for the employees and a second restroom for patrons.

“It’s going to help a lot,” said Gabriel, who along with Felipe opened Pompeii at the corner of Fourth and State streets approximately seven years ago. “Everything just looks bigger. It’s going to be easier to do a lot of things, like storing more inventory.”

The Gutierrez brothers are quick to express their gratitude for the support – and patience – they’ve received from regular customers during the 23 months needed to complete the project. After all, they noted, the restaurant’s expansion is ultimately the result of a growing and loyal customer base.

“Every day we’d have customers who would ask, ‘When are you going to open next door?’” Gabriel said. “We really do have good customers, and they make us feel like we’re family. It’s like they’ve known us forever.”

For more information, visit pompeii- ristorante.com.

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