Writers sought to spin spooky stories

October is here, which means that Halloween is right around the corner – and so is the Town Crier’s annual Spooky Stories contest.

We’re offering storytellers of all ages the opportunity to weave a Halloween-themed tale in under 400 words.


Canine club: Resident issues call for oodles of Doodles

Courtesy of Diana Lloyd
Diana Lloyd and her Labradoodle, Teddy, are looking to start a Doodle club. She got the idea after running into numerous people who own the same breed.

Los Altos resident Diana Lloyd is a “Doodler” – a devoted owner of a mini-Australian Labradoodle, Teddy. She’s on a mission to unite local Doodle owners by launching a club devoted to the popular breed.

“I am calling all Doodle owners that would like to meet and share our wonderful pets,” she said.


Packard daughters recall growing up in Los Altos Hills

Courtesy of Margaret Abe
Members of the Los Altos Hills History Committee welcomed Julie Packard and Susan Packard Orr as speakers at a presentation on “Growing Up in the Hills and the Packard Legacy” Sept. 21 at Los Altos Hills Town Hall. The daughters of Hewlett-Packard Co. co-founder David Packard have achieved considerable success in their own right. Pictured, from left, are Catherine Popell, Julie Packard, Susan Packard Orr, Jitze Couperus, Nobuko Saito Cleary and Diane Brauch.

A crowd of more than 120 people packed Los Altos Hills Town Hall Sept. 21 to listen to sisters Susan Packard Orr and Julie Packard reflect on the simpler life they enjoyed during their childhood in the Hills.

Sponsored by the Los Altos Hills History Committee, the presentation touched on topics ranging from the Packards’ family life to their accomplishments as philanthropists.


LA City Council candidates take stage for lively election forum

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos City Council candidates, from left, Karen Berner, Jarrett Fishpaw, Alexander Glew, Jean Mordo and Mary Prochnow answer questions at last week’s election forum.

Los Altos City Council candidates discussed a range of concerns, from downtown parking to priorities for rebuilding a civic center, at an Oct. 1 forum that proved as entertaining as it was informative.

Drawing from questions submitted online, by the local media and by the audience at Los Altos High School’s Eagle Theater, forum moderator Robin Abrams set a brisk pace. The five candidates seeking two open seats on the council were allotted 60 seconds to answer each question.


Volunteers benefit from service

Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos Senior Center Coordinator Candace Avina, left, discusses upcoming events with volunteer Verda Keenan.

Local high school senior Dariya Smith has discovered that she helps herself by helping others.

“I think that for me ... anytime I’m sad or depressed ... going out and helping people makes me feel a lot better,” the Mountain View resident said. “I’ve gone through some of my hardest times by focusing on how to help them.”


Council candidates address making Los Altos friendlier

Members of Los Altos Forward solicited questions for a series of forums with the candidates running for Los Altos City Council. Five candidates are running for two seats on the council in the Nov. 4 election.

The candidates were asked to answer the following question in 50 words or less.


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