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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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A dream realized


Photo By: Courtesy of Victoria Hayward
Photo Courtesy Of Victoria Hayward

Mountain View High graduate Victoria Hayward batted .372 this season for the University of Washington softball team.

Victoria Hayward first watched the Women’s College World Series on TV nearly a decade ago and hasn’t missed one since.

This year, the Mountain View High graduate did more than watch – she was part of the action.

Hayward helped the University of Washington softball team advance to the eight-team tournament in Oklahoma City, where the NCAA Division I champion is crowned each June.

The Huskies didn’t take home the title, tying for third, but Hayward cherishes the experience.

“It was honestly a dream come true to play at the World Series,” the starting right fielder said. “Every year since I was 13 or so, I have watched the tournament on television dreaming of (one day) playing college softball.”

Hayward experienced a pinch-me moment just before Washington played its first game of the weeklong series.

“Once we were finally there, it didn’t hit me that it was actually the World Series until they announced my name at the beginning of the Nebraska game in front of almost 10,000 people,” she said.

Washington won the May 30 opener – 4-3 in extra innings – and Hayward came up with one of the biggest hits of the game. The junior drilled a one-out triple in the seventh and eventually scored the tying run.

Hayward called that “the highlight of the tournament for me.”

The Huskies prevailed an inning later on Kim Souza’s walk-off homer.

Washington dropped its next game, 1-0 to Tennessee June 1, but bounced back the next day with a 4-1 win over Michigan in which Hayward notched a hit and scored a run. The Huskies’ season ended that night, however, as eventual champ Oklahoma eliminated them from the series in a 6-2 decision.

With the core of the team returning next year, Hayward is hopeful Washington will get another crack at the title in 2014.

“We want to be back in Oklahoma City competing for a national championship and vying for a Pac-12 championship as well,” she said. “We can’t wait to get back together and start our next – and my last – road to Oklahoma City and a national championship.”

The Huskies posted a 45-17 record this year and ranked fourth nationally. Hayward played a major role in the team’s success. She batted .372 with six doubles, six triples, five home runs, 21 RBIs and 22 stolen bases. Hayward’s batting average ranked 139th among NCAA Division I players and her six triples ranked 12th.

“As the leadoff hitter throughout the season, I set the tone for our offense at the top of the lineup,” she said. “I was very pleased with my performance this year, although we didn’t end up with the trophy we’ve dreamed of.”

Hayward’s efforts did not go unnoticed. She was named First Team All-Pacific Region and to the All-Pac-12 First Team.

Born in Toronto, Hayward will play for the Canadian National Team this summer.

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