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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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New Los Altos girls basketball coach eager to get started

Although it seems Los Altos High changes girls basketball coaches nearly as often as Taylor Swift switches boyfriends, Jaclyn Brode intends to stick around awhile.

“I’m not going anywhere,” said Brode, the Eagles’ sixth coach in nine years and eighth since 2001.

Hired May 14, Brode is rooted in the area – she grew up in Mountain View and still lives there – and has connections to both high schools in the district. Brode is a 2002 graduate of Mountain View High, where she played basketball and softball, and this year coached both sports at Los Altos. Brode ran the Eagles’ junior-varsity girls basketball team and was an assistant coach for JV softball.

Brode, working toward a degree in physical education at San Francisco State, said she started coaching 10 years ago. Brode has coached basketball at the YMCA and at Egan Junior High, a feeder school for Los Altos High.

Having coached a few of the girls as Egan eighth-graders prior to guiding the Eagles’ JV team last season, Brode is familiar with the players she’s inheriting.

“I love those kids – they’re a great group,” she said. “They work really hard and they’re smart.”

Brode added that she’s “excited to get started.” That eagerness and energy helped her land the job, according to athletic director Kim Cave.

“Jaclyn brings a great deal of enthusiasm and inspiration to the program,” she said. “She has a great passion for the game.”

But that’s not all Brode brings to the bench, according to Cave.

“Her knowledge, focus and ability to communicate with players is what we are looking for,” the athletic director said.

When she’s not taking classes or coaching, Brode spends much of her time working one-on-one with elementary students in east San Jose who are behind in school.

“I’m all about education and kids,” she said. “I put character above all else, and I’m going to be honest with the girls (on the team).”

Brode takes over a squad that went 19-7 last season under Kevin Lee, who was not asked back after two years at the helm. The Eagles shared the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division championship with Mountain View this year and reached the quarterfinals of the Central Coast Section playoffs.

“They had a lot of success, but there’s a lot of room to grow,” Brode said. “They have a lot of potential.”

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