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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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Mountain View boys rout Fremont in soccer

In a triumphant return from injury, Brad Bumgarner led the host Mountain View High boys soccer team to a 7-0 flogging of Fremont. The senior striker scored four goals Friday.

Bumgarner – sidelined for three weeks with an ankle injury – provided a “huge lift for the team,” coach Jim McGuirk said.

Edi Aguilar, Drew Bosset and Drew Mitchner scored the Spartans’ other goals.

“Everyone played great,” said McGuirk, whose team improved to 6-1 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division and 12-2-1 overall.

Mountain View is scheduled to visit Los Gatos (7-0-1 division) 3:30 p.m. today with first place on the line.

Host St. Francis clipped Valley Christian 2-1 Jan. 29 on goals by Alec Prusa and Mitch Cunningham. The Lancers went to 5-2-3 in the West Catholic Athletic League and 6-2-5 overall.

Girls soccer

Los Altos earned a win and a tie last week, boosting its record to 4-1-2 in the SCVAL De Anza Division and 6-3-3 overall.

The host Eagles edged Los Gatos 1-0 Jan. 27 on a late goal by Allie Crum, assisted by Katie Winters. Two days later, Los Altos played visiting Palo Alto to a scoreless tie.

Mountain View also posted a win and a tie last week, putting its record at 3-0-4 in the De Anza Division and 7-2-5 overall.

The visiting Spartans skunked Saratoga 4-0 Jan. 27, getting two goals from Ysabel Baluyot and one each from Morgan Matthews and Erica Higa. Danna Weintraub notched three assists.

Weintraub scored host Mountain View’s lone goal in Friday’s 1-all tie against Homestead.

Pinewood fell 4-2 to Castilleja Thursday, sinking the team’s record to 2-7 in the West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division and 3-14 overall. Nicole Colonna and Olivia Biggs scored for the Panthers on assists from Etelle Stephan.

Pinewood “lacked intensity and focus,” according to coach Michael Tetzlaff, who noted that his squad had only 11 players available.

Behind a pair of second-half goals, St. Francis beat Notre Dame-Belmont 2-0 Saturday.

Annie Kingman recorded a goal and an assist for the Lancers, who improved to 6-3-1 in the West Catholic Athletic League and 11-4 overall. Peyton Cassin scored the other goal.

Boys basketball

Overcoming a rough second quarter, Los Altos rallied to beat Los Gatos 45-37 last week to remain atop the De Anza Division standings. The visiting Eagles, outscored 16-4 in the second period, went on a 17-3 run in the third to take the lead.

Daniel Rosenbaum totaled 14 points for Los Altos; Steven Garverick and Joey Malgesini added 11 each.

The Jan. 29 win pushed the Eagles’ record to 6-0 in league and 14-5 overall.

Mountain View dropped a 45-36 De Anza Division game at Homestead Friday. The Spartans fell to 2-5 in league, 6-13 overall.

St. Francis dropped its fifth consecutive game, 69-48 at Serra Saturday, to slump to 1-8 in the WCAL and 11-8 overall.

Girls basketball

St. Francis won a pair of WCAL games last week: 54-45 at Mitty Jan. 28 and 64-40 over visiting Notre Dame-Belmont Friday. Marisa Mondave scored 11 points in each game for the Lancers (5-3, 13-7).

Mountain View lost 59-44 at Wilcox Friday, outscored 35-18 over the second and third quarters. The Spartans fell to 2-5 in the De Anza Division, 10-8 overall.

Wrestling

Los Altos crushed Homestead 54-20 Thursday, improving to 3-1 in the SCVAL El Camino Division.

Brian Wong (120 pounds), Christopher Villa (126), James Sobrino (145) and Sean Lanoza (152) posted pins for the visiting Eagles.

St. Francis routed Riordan 49-18 Thursday in WCAL action. The Lancers won 10 weight classes, six via pin.

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