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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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Xu rebounds to win lower flight of golf tourney


Photo By: Courtesy of Sally Tomlinson
Photo Courtesy Of Sally Tomlinson

St. Francis High’s Nancy Xu holds her award for winning the Helen Lengfeld Flight of last week’s California Junior Girls State Championship.

After just missing the top flight of 32 golfers at last week’s 64th California Junior Girls’ State Championship, Nancy Xu turned disappointment into delight by beating the other half of the field.

The incoming senior at St. Francis High, who was a stroke shy of qualifying for the Championship Flight, won the Helen Lengfeld Flight Thursday at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club. In the match-play final, Sunnyvale resident Xu edged Felicia Medalla of Sausalito in 19 holes.

“It was a pretty long match,” Xu said. “We were close the whole day and both made pretty good shots.”

Even until the 15th hole, both girls bagged birdies on 16 and Xu drained a 10-foot putt on 18 to force a playoff. That meant returning to the 400-yard first hole, not an ideal starting spot for Xu.

“It’s a pretty long par 4, which I thought was a disadvantage for me because she shot longer,” said Xu, who estimated that Medalla was driving the ball 10-20 yards farther than she was that day. “But I had a good drive on that hole.”

That drive traveled approximately 155 yards, according to Xu, which was about the same distance Medalla hit her ball.

Advantage negated.

Two strokes later, Xu made a 20-yard chip shot from the right rough for the win.

“It was really exciting,” said Xu, who notched four birdies on the day and didn’t have a bogey on the back nine.

After shooting a 10-over-par 83 on Monterey’s challenging Dunes Course in the stroke-play qualifier, Xu rebounded with three match-play wins to reach the lower-flight final.

“I got used to the greens a little bit and managed to get my game together,” she said.

In the round of 16, Xu beat Los Altos High incoming senior Kelsey Kawaguchi in a match that spanned 18 holes.

“It was just a friendly match,” said Xu, who has played Kawaguchi several times over the years, “and it was pretty close.”

Xu beat another local participant in the next round. She topped Los Altos resident Simar Singh 6 and 4 in the quarterfinals.

Singh, 13, won the tournament’s Starlets division (ages 9-12) the past two years.

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