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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.

We ...

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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.

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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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Eagles no match for Menlo: LA boys fall 6-1 in section quarterfinals

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Joe Hu/Town Crier
Top singles player Denny Fafek was the lone Los Altos High player to earn a win against Menlo in last week's Central Coast Section quarterfinal match. The Eagles end the season with a 15-8 record.

The Central Coast Section didn't do Los Altos High any favors by changing the boys tennis playoffs from two divisions to one this year.

Had the 2006 format remained, coach Cuong Duong believes the Eagles would have made it back to the title match rather than lose in the quarterfinals.

"I think we would have met Bellarmine in the finals," he said after Los Altos exited the playoffs with a 6-1 setback at Menlo on May 7.

The Eagles faced the Bells in last year's Division I final and lost 4-3. This year, Menlo - a Division II team in 2006 - met Bellarmine for the title and won it.

Menlo has never been a good matchup for Los Altos. The Knights have won 11 of their last 12 meetings with the Eagles. Although Los Altos lost just 4-3 at Menlo April 18 in a non-league match, Duong said the result was misleading.

"They were missing three guys last time," he said. "All of them were there this time around."

Sixth-seeded Los Altos (15-8) was simply overmatched by No. 3 Menlo (19-3) last week. The Knights' six wins came in straight sets.

"They're just a better team," Duong said. "When we left, we felt we tried our best, but Menlo just beat us. They're deeper and played a better match."

Top singles player Denny Fafek saved Los Altos from being shut out. The senior prevailed 7-5, 7-5 to keep his perfect record intact.

"He played great - and on a really hot day when it was over 90 degrees," Duong said of the Fresno State-bound Fafek. "He just played his game."

The Eagles' No. 2 player, junior Jeff Liu, fell 6-1, 6-1.

"There were a lot of close points," Duong said, "but the score doesn't indicate that."

Junior Jonathan Tran and senior Mehran Umerani lost 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 and 4 singles, respectively.

Los Altos has been particularly strong in doubles - all three teams won in straight sets against Harker in the second round of CCS - but didn't look like it against Menlo.

"That's our strength, but they're even better," Duong said of the Knights, who didn't lose a set in doubles in the quarterfinal.

The top team of seniors Morgan Moy and Nathan Manashirov came closest to beating Menlo.

"They played pretty well in the first set - it was 7-5 - then they lost 6-1," Duong said. "There were guys losing all around them and they didn't have the fight. When you see that, you don't have the energy to fight for each point."

Los Altos' other doubles teams - comprising senior Luc Bergevin and junior Camille Fritsch at No. 2 and freshman Charlie Bergevin and junior Hayden Smith at No. 3 - lost convincingly.

The season may have ended earlier than the Eagles had hoped, but Duong isn't too disappointed.

"I'm happy with the season, to get to the quarterfinals of CCS," he said. "The top four teams (moved on); I think we just weren't good enough to get there as a sixth seed."

Los Altos also finished second in the SCVAL De Anza Division and beat some ranked teams along the way.

The season may not be over for all the Eagles, though.

Fafek has qualified for the individual portion of CCS after winning the league tournament the last week of April. The CCS tourney is scheduled to begin Tuesday at Imperial Courts in Aptos. Duong said Fafek may not compete, however, due to a conflict with a national tournament he has entered.

Two of Los Altos' doubles teams have a chance at making the individual tournament as at-large entries. Luc Bergevin and Fritsch placed second at the league tourney, while Moy and Liu placed third. Duong said he should know this week if either team qualified.

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