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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.

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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Default notices and foreclosures down in Santa Clara County

Photo Town Crier File Photo Notices of default in Santa Clara County for the third quarter totaled 2,244, a 44.4 percent decrease from the same quarter last year.

 

Lenders sent out fewer default notices to Santa Clara County homeowners during the third quarter this year compared to the same period last year. Moreover, banks foreclosed on fewer houses and condominiums compared to the third quarter of 2009, according to MDA DataQuick.

The real estate information service reported a total of 2,244 default notices recorded in the county July through September. This number was down 44.4 percent from the third quarter of 2009, when 4,035 notices were recorded. Among the counties in the Bay Area, Santa Clara had the largest drop in notices of default.

Foreclosures in the county also fell from the same time last year. Trustees deeds recorded totaled 1,036 during the third quarter, down 16.2 percent from 1,237 in the third quarter of 2009.

Statewide, a total of 83,261 notices of default were recorded during the 2010 third quarter, up 18.9 percent from 70,051 in the prior quarter, but down 25.5 percent from 111,689 in the third quarter of 2009, according to DataQuick. Foreclosures peaked at 9,511 in the third quarter of 2008.

The report indicates that California’s high-end markets collectively saw mortgage defaults buck the marketwide trend and drop slightly quarter to quarter. The number fell slightly more on a year-over-year basis compared with the overall market. The concentration of defaults remains much higher in the less expensive areas.

“It’s anyone’s guess how the numbers will play out at year end,” said Jeff Bell, president of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors. “Many lenders aren’t keen on loan modifications, yet some have temporarily frozen or partially suspended foreclosures, so uncertainty continues and a full market recovery stalled.”

Foreclosure resales accounted for 35.5 percent of all California resale activity last quarter, down from a revised 35.8 percent the prior quarter, and down from 42.7 percent a year ago. The DataQuick report states that on primary mortgages, California homeowners were a median five months behind on their payments when the lender filed the notice of default. The borrowers owed a median $15,156 in back payments on a median $310,000 mortgage.

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors provided information for this article.

For more information, e-mail Rose Meily at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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