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Police stress need for low speed in school zones

Police stress need for low speed in school zones


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After two recent accidents involving cyclists and motorists, police urge caution – on both sides.

After two recent incidents of vehicles striking student bicyclists, Los Altos Police urge residents to exercise caution whe...

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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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Los Altos High trio qualifies for national track meet


Photo By: Town Crier file photo
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Danny Yeager placed first in the decathlon at the Region 14 Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships, scoring a personal-best 6,113 points. He is headed to the national meet next month, along with his younger brother Brian and Kelly McConnell.

The track and field season came to an end nearly a month ago for most members of the Los Altos High team. Kelly McConnell and brothers Danny and Brian Yeager are still at it, though, and recently extended their seasons another month.

The trio has qualified in the decathlon for next month’s USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in North Carolina. The decathlon comprises 10 events, including runs, jumps and throws.

The Yeagers and McConnell – representing Los Altos-based track club Fox Athletics – advanced by placing first or second in their age groups at the USATF Region 14 Junior Olympic Multi-Events meet held June 15 and 16 in Rocklin.

Danny, who graduated from Los Altos in May, won the Young Men Division (ages 17-18) and incoming senior McConnell finished second. Brian, entering his junior year, placed first in the Intermediate Boys Division (15-16).

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo-bound Danny scored a personal-best 6,113 points in the decathlon at the regional meet.

“Danny made nationals last year in the decathlon, but this year I hope he can get on the podium and earn All-American honors,” said Dave Barth, who coaches track for Fox Athletics and at Los Altos High. “I believe he is very capable.”

Brother Brian isn’t as experienced in the event, but he has proved to be a quick study.

“We had to twist Brian’s arm a bit to get him to try a decathlon, (and) sure enough he goes out there and he wins it,” Barth said. “Both Yeager boys are such incredible athletes with lots of raw talent. They will continue to get faster and stronger in future years.”

For McConnell, it took a second-day surge – the decathlon is a two-day event – to seize runner-up status at the regional.

“After Day 1, Kelly was in fifth place,” Barth said. “However, he took it one event at a time and we knew that he had a good shot of moving up in the rankings since Day 2 of the decathlon consists of hurdles, throwing and the 1,500, which are geared toward Kelly’s strengths.”

Next comes the national meet, slated July 22-28 in Greensboro N.C.

“We now have a month to work on some of the boys’ weaker events to get them prepared for North Carolina,” Barth said last week. “These guys probably practice four or five of the 10 events consistently, so with lots of focus on technique, they may be able to improve upon their marks quite a bit come mid-July.”

For more information on the upcoming national meet, visit usatf.org and click “Events/Calendar.”

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