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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.

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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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Inventory shortage hampers home sales

The lack of inventory remained the major roadblock to higher closed home sales in September, according to year-over-year data that MLSListings Inc. provided to the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors.

Inventory and new listings for single-family homes in September fell compared to the same month last year in the five-county area covered by the MLSListings data report. Santa Clara County experienced the largest drop in inventory, down 44 percent from the same time last year. San Mateo County came in second, with an inventory drop of 42 percent, followed by Monterey County, 31 percent; San Benito County, 30 percent; and Santa Cruz County, 27 percent.

New listings were also down compared to September 2011 figures, most significantly in Monterey County, where they decreased 25 percent. In Santa Clara County, new listings were down 14 percent; San Mateo County, 13 percent; San Benito County, 4 percent; and Santa Cruz County, 3 percent.

The inventory shortage drove down sales in some counties, but, compared to September 2011, September 2012 sales of single-family homes in Santa Clara County rose 5 percent.

The median price of single-family homes showed gains of 14-21 percent in all five counties compared to the previous year. Santa Clara County’s September median price of $655,000 was 15 percent higher than the September 2011 median of $570,000. San Mateo County’s September median of $783,000 proved 21 percent higher than the September 2011 median of $646,000.

Days on market decreased by 44 percent in September. In Santa Clara County, the typical home was on the market 71 days in September 2011. Days on market dropped to just 40 in September 2012. In San Mateo County, days on market declined 52 percent, from 71 days in September 2011 to 34 in September 2012.

Suzanne Yost, president of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, said she hoped sellers would be encouraged by the news.

“A market with low inventory and active buyers creates upward pressure on prices, particularly coupled with historically low interest rates,” she said. “This pressure is causing prices to increase, which will be good for sellers as they begin to feel more confident about putting their homes on the market.”

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors provided information for this article. For more information, email Rose Meily at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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