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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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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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Los Altos High hosts second History Week


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Activist and folk singer Betsy Rose, above, leads Los Altos High School students in song last week during the school’s second History Week. Joining her on stage are, from left, student Zach Gospe and teacher Mike Messner.

Los Altos High School students could be heard clapping and singing along to some of history’s most famous protest songs last week during the school’s second History Week.

Framed as a multimedia and music session, students took a walk through history via songs used in various protests from the 1930s through the Civil Rights Movement to today.

Professional folk singer and peace activist Betsy Rose led the discussion/sing-along, tying different songs to the historical events and highlighting their significance. Los Altos High teacher Mike Messner and student Zach Gospe joined Rose on stage during the multimedia event.

The trio accompanied an audio/visual presentation of the March on Washington and other rights-related milestones compiled by sophomore Will Thabit.

“When people were marching in the ’50s, there were a lot of scary moments, but these songs always came back,” Rose said. “The music held in it the strength of survival – that is what gives songs power.”

Los Altos High’s second History Week centered around the theme “50 Years Since the March on Washington.” The three-day program examined the progress and struggles in the pursuit of equal rights and access to jobs and education for all Americans over the past five decades.

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Kennedy opened the week with a presentation focusing on events that spurred and shaped the 1960s Civil Rights Movement.

Kennedy, a Stanford University professor and founding director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford, won the Pulitzer Prize in history in 2000 for his book “Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945” (Oxford University Press, 1999).

Other highlights from History Week:

• Clayborne Carson, Ph.D., director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford, discussed King and the progress of civil rights since the 1963 March on Washington. Coretta Scott King, King’s widow, in 1985 personally selected Carson to edit and publish King’s papers. He is the author of several books and a frequent news commentator on King.

• The Honorable Judge Eugene Hyman (Ret.) of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, who has appeared on “60 Minutes II” and “Good Morning America,” explored changes in family law and new approaches to the handling of juvenile offenders.

Additional speakers included Zahra Billoo, Esq., executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, who addressed civil rights in relation to America’s war on terror; Santa Clara University School of Law Professor Michelle Oberman and Santa Clara University Professor Nancy Unger, who covered gains in women’s rights and opportunities over the past 50 years; Stanford University Professor of Emergency Medicine Dr. James Quinn and Dr. Marcia Stefanick, Professor of Medicine, Stanford Prevention Research Center, who discussed changes in the rights of medical patients and medical research subjects since the “Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male” and other research programs; and Donna Brorby Esq., who discussed youth and minority incarceration issues.

Principal Wynne Satterwhite, instructors Dee Dee Pearce and Messner, and parent volunteers Carole Wunderlich and Katherine Williams, M.D., oversaw this year’s History Week. Student volunteers included Thabit and Rebecca DeShetler.

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