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News

Spooktacular moved indoors


Due to rain, today's downtown Los Altos Halloween activities have been moved to the indoor courtyard of Play! at 170 State St. Enter from the back on the parking lot side to participate in crafts, games and fun. Activities continue until 4 p.m.

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Schools

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center

Gardner Bullis School debuts new Grizzly Student Center


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Students line up to check books out of the library in the new Grizzly Student Center at Gardner Bullis School.

Gardner Bullis School opened its new Grizzly Student Center earlier this month, introducing a lea...

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Community

Home improvement workshop scheduled Wednesday (Oct. 29)

The County of Santa Clara is hosting a free informational workshop on 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road.

The workshop will offer ways single-family homeowners can increase their homes’ energy efficiency. Eligible i...

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Comment

Off the fence: TC recommends 'yes' on N

The Town Crier initially offered no position on the controversial $150 million Measure N bond on Tuesday’s ballot. But some of the reasons we gave in our Oct. 15 editorial were, on reflection, overly critical and based on inaccurate information.

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Special Sections

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream

Long-term solutions emerge as water conservation goes mainstream


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Forrest Linebarger, right, installed greywater and rainwater harvesting systems at his Los Altos Hills home.

With more brown than green visible in her Los Altos backyard, Kacey Fitzpatrick admits that she’s a little e...

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Business

Local realtors scare up money for charity

Local realtors scare up money for charity


Photo courtesy of SILVAR
Realtors Gary Campi and Jordan Legge, from left, joined Nancy Domich, SILVAR President Dave Tonna and Joe Brown to raise funds for the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation.

Los Altos and Mountain View realtors raise...

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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

DAVID S. NIVISON

DAVID S. NIVISON

David S. Nivison, 91 years old, and a resident of Los Altos, California since 1952, died Oct. 16, 2014 at home.  His neighbors had recently honored him as the “Mayor of Russell Ave., in recognition of 62 years of distinguished living” on that ...

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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

ECYS opens season Sunday

ECYS opens season Sunday


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
The El Camino Youth Symphony rehearses for Sunday’s concert, above.

The El Camino Youth Symphony – under new conductor Jindong Cai – is scheduled to perform its season-opening concert 4 p.m....

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Spiritual Life

Christian Science Reading Room hosts webinar on prayer and healing

Christian Science practitioner and teacher Evan Mehlenbacher is scheduled to present a live Internet webinar lecture, “Prayer That Heals,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Christian Science Reading Room, 60 Main St., Los Altos.

Those interested ...

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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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New Mtn. View volleyball coach Phillips faces 'building year'

The Mountain View High girls volleyball team will enter a new era this fall.

The Spartans will play in a new division and under a new coach.

Gerrie Phillips, hired in the spring, takes over a team being promoted from the El Camino Division to the De Anza Division of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League.

Considering the De Anza Division features many of the Central Coast Section's top teams - including perennial playoff teams Los Altos, Los Gatos and Monta Vista - Phillips has her work cut out for her. Especially since Mountain View will be brimming with youth.

"This will be a building year for us," said Phillips, who coached the Spartans' freshmen girls and junior varsity boys teams last season.

However, the Indiana native still expects to field a competitive team.

"A couple of our goals will be to finish with over a .500 season and to make it to the CCS playoffs," she said.

Mountain View athletic director Dan Navarro, who promoted Phillips, wouldn't be surprised if his new coach accomplishes both things.

"She's good," he said. "She'll do a good job for us."

What makes her so good?

"She's very organized and teaches good fundamentals," Navarro said. "She's tough, yet kind to the kids. She demands the best out of the kids without screaming at them."

The key to volleyball success, according to Phillips, is dedication.

"This means players, coaches and parents - everyone involved with the program," she said. "Playing in the offseason and coming to the first day of tryouts already in shape will be key elements to building a successful program at Mountain View."

Phillips has been coaching volleyball for 13 years, starting out at Liberty Middle School in Chesterton, Ind. She later coached at Wheeler and Kankakee Valley highs and for Dunes Volleyball Club in the midwest.

Upon moving to California in 1998, Phillips coached for Vision Volleyball Club and currently coaches with Lokahi Volleyball Club. Beside her duties at Mountain View in 2001-02, Phillips led Blach Junior High's eighth-grade girls to a league crown.

Some of these girls will be trying out for the Mountain View team in the fall, along with players Phillips coached on the freshman squad last season.

"I am very excited about the show of interest in volleyball for next year," she said. "I am anticipating at least 50 or more girls trying out for the three different teams next year. I have been receiving very positive feedback and can't wait for the season to get started."

Phillips replaces Peter Kim, who Navarro said will continue as Mountain View's varsity boys volleyball coach.

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