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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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Eagles & Spartans earn split

The schedule took some of the luster off Thursday’s track and field meet between high school rivals Mountain View and Los Altos – several standouts saved themselves for Friday’s Central Coast Section Top 8 Meet – but not all of it.

Los Altos’ last home meet of the season – and Mountain View’s regular-season finale – featured stellar showings by a slew of competitors, a few of whom set personal records.

“It was a good meet with many good performances and friendly crosstown rivalries,” Spartans coach Lance Thayer said.

The schools split the De Anza Division meet: the Los Altos boys prevailed 81-42; the Mountain View girls triumphed 78-43.

The Los Altos boys’ 4x100-meter relay “ran extremely fast,” co-head coach Dave Barth said, beating Mountain View by more than two seconds. The foursome – Chris Tien, Will Scheetz, Tyler Polen and Willem Van Eck – ran a personal-best time of 43.95.

“I am very proud of these boys,” Barth said. “They are all juniors and seniors who have been hard at work since freshman year.”

Three of these sprinters shined in the 100 dash as well. Tien placed first (11.59) and Polen and Van Eck tied for second (11.60).

Not to be outdone, the Los Altos girls’ 4x100 relay also ran its fastest time of the year. The team of Sarah Wobber, Amanda Mell, Kalie Oku and Romy Aboudarham ran a 51.17 to finish a close second to Mountain View (50.90).

Wobber then competed in the triple jump – “an event she never really does,” Barth said – and won by springing 32 feet, 11 inches.

The Los Altos girls’ four other wins came from Amanda Mell in the 200 dash (28.97) and long jump (15-7), Taylor Peterson in the 400 run (1:07.45) and Alexandria Bahl in the discus (87-10).

The Mountain View girls claimed 10 events, two courtesy of Kolisa Nhlapo. The junior won the 100 hurdles (17.87) and 300 hurdles (49.57).The Spartans also received wins from Krysta Korpontinos in the 100 dash (13.44), Amy Lynch in the 800 run (2:32.59), Carina Gwennap in the 1,600 run (5:41.08), Maya Weigel in the 3,200 run (12:12.14), Sydney Magana in the shot put (26-2), Sara Winick in the high jump (4-6) and the 4x400 relay team (4:46.79).

The Mountain View boys managed four wins: David Williams in the 300 hurdles (44.57), Zheng Teng in the 800 run (2:10.10), Eric Theil in the shot put (40-5) and the 4x400 relay (3:48.24).

The Yeager brothers – senior Danny and sophomore Brian – played major roles in the Eagles’ victory. Danny (15.93) and Brian (16.33) finished one-two in the 110 hurdles, Danny claimed the high jump (6-3), Brian won the triple jump (43-2) and his brother took third (41-4) in the event.

Los Altos’ other winners included Jerry Liu in the long jump (20-3.75), Dane Tippett in the 1,600 run (4:38.60), Arthur Bogdanovich in the 400 run (52.38), Andreas Godderis in the 3,200 run (10:23.54), Van Eck in the 200 dash (23.34) and Sami Fakalolo in the discus (133-08).

Friday at the Top 8 Meet in San Jose, Brian Yeager won the frosh-soph boys high jump (personal-record 6-2) and 65 hurdles, and placed second in the long jump.

In their best times of the season, Los Altos’ varsity boys and girls 4x400 relay teams placed third and 11th, respectively.

For more photos of the Los Altos High School and Mountain View High School Track and Field teams, click here.

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