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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.

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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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Panthers defend title with defense


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Pinewood’s Roshan Bal lays up a shot against Alma Heights in the CCS Division V final.

With pressure defense, the Pinewood School boys basketball team overwhelmed Alma Heights Christian 57-23 Friday night to win its third consecutive Central Coast Section Division V title.

The suffocating full-court press helped the second-seeded Panthers (13-11) hold the top-seeded Eagles (26-4) scoreless in the third quarter and to just seven points in the second half.

Guard Greg Naumann paced Pinewood with 10 points, one of 11 Panthers to score.

“It’s a testament to the dedication and all the hard work the players put in right from the beginning of the season,” said Mani Messy, in his first year as head coach. “To get to this point and be playing this well, it’s just – the team did it and they did a wonderful job.”

Messy added that his team’s defensive effort helped awaken an offense that shot just 35.8 percent from the floor in the first half.

“That’s our ammo,” he said. “We believe that when we play good team defense, we can compete with anybody. That’s what got us to this point.”

Eagles coach Mark Bermudez, who defeated the Panthers 54-53 during preseason play in December, said his team’s 28 turnovers proved costly.

“We knew they were going to come and give us pressure,” Bermudez said. “We planned for it, but my guys just, you know, it’s the big stage and they weren’t quite ready for it. The turnovers are what really hurt us tonight.”

Leading 29-16 at halftime, the Panthers pushed their defense into overdrive to open the second half. The Eagles missed all nine of their shots in the third quarter and committed 10 turnovers.

Pinewood’s offense, meanwhile, continued to pad its 13-point halftime lead with a 10-0 scoring run in the first three minutes of the third.

Sophomore guard Ryan Brice kick-started the offense, draining a 3-pointer with 6:57 to go, followed by a layup 22 seconds later for five of his nine points in the game. Senior Lewis Owen added a jumper at 5:32, while Naumann completed a 3-point play at 4:57 after getting fouled on a layup and sinking the free throw.

“We just saw things opening up,” Brice said. “We started driving and kicking (out), playing team ball and hitting the open shots.”

The Panthers continued their pace in the fourth, outscoring the Eagles 16-7 while shooting 7-of-16 from the floor. Roshan Bal led the Panthers with four points in the quarter. The Eagles ended their scoreless drought with 6:02 left in the game when guard Gabe Bautista drew a foul and sank one of two free throws.

Leading comfortably at 50-21 in the fourth, the Panthers finished the game on a 7-2 run, limiting the Eagles to just one layup in the game’s final 4:40.

With the CCS tournament behind them, Messy said his Panthers will now turn their sights to the Northern California playoffs. Pinewood is scheduled to open NorCal against visiting Head-Royce (24-5) of Oakland 7 p.m. today.

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