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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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Locals run, jump their way to CCS championships


Photo By: Chris Scheetz/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Chris Scheetz/Special To The Town Crier Los Altos High’s Will Scheetz hands off to Tyler Polen in the boys 4x100 relay Saturday.

No local girl had a better day at the Central Coast Section track and field semifinals than Gunn High’s Sarah Robinson. The Los Altos Hills resident won the 3,200-meter run and placed second in the 1,600 race Saturday at Gilroy High.

Robinson ran the 3,200 in 10 minutes, 45.54 seconds – nearly two seconds ahead of runner-up Danielle Katz of Los Gatos – and placed roughly one second behind San Lorenzo Valley’s Anna Maxwell in the 1,600 with a time of 4:55.10.

“I feel good about (Saturday’s) races,” Robinson said. “My main focus at CCS trials was just to qualify for CCS finals.”

The finals are scheduled Friday back at Gilroy (4 p.m. field events, 6 p.m. track races), where Robinson aims to run her best and advance to next week’s state meet.

“My expectations for Friday would be to place well in CCS and to run PRs (personal records),” the junior said. “I think if I can accomplish both of those things, I will be happy.”

Mountain View’s Kolisa Nhlapo also qualified for the finals in two events. The junior finished fourth in the girls 300 hurdles (45.66) and fifth in the 100 hurdles (15.62).

“I feel good about the meet results; all of my personal goals were met,” Nhlapo said. “I will be entering the CCS finals with renewed vigor.”

The Spartans qualified two more girls for the finals, both in the 1,600. Melissa Reed placed sixth (5:02.10) and Maya Weigel came in 10th (5:13.17).

Lauren Jacobs will represent the Los Altos girls Friday. The freshman finished seventh in the 3,200 (11:14.27).

On the boys side, Los Altos senior Danny Yeager qualified in three events. He placed second in the 300 hurdles (38.69), tied for fifth in the high jump (clearing 6 feet, 2 inches) and ran the third leg of the 4x400 relay, which came in sixth (3:27.58). Arthur Bogdanovich ran the first leg, Konrad Niemiec the second and Willem Van Eck anchored the relay.

The Eagles’ 4x100 relay advanced as well. The team of Chris Tien, Will Scheetz, Tyler Polen and Van Eck ran a 43.25 to nab the eighth and final spot in the finals.

“We did not have our best races in the relays but managed to sneak into finals,” said co-head coach Dave Barth, who noted that his research shows this is only the second time Los Altos has qualified both boys relay teams for the meet. “It is very hard at CCS (semifinals) to qualify for CCS finals because every team shows up ready to perform.”

Brian Yeager will join his older brother at the finals. The sophomore took fourth in the triple jump (44-7.50). Mountain View’s Drew Russert also advanced in the event, placing eighth (43-9).

Kevin Bastoul was the other Spartan to qualify, seizing the last berth with a 12th-place time of 4:27.65.

St. Francis shines

St. Francis will have several competitors at Friday’s CCS finals.

For the boys, Khalid Johnson has qualified in the 100 and 200 dashes, while twin brother Khalil made it in the long jump. Khalid won the 200 (21.79) and took second in the 100 (11.02) at the semifinals; Khalil was fifth in the long jump (22-7).

Marc Toney tied for first in the pole vault (13-0) and Gabriel McLarnan earned eighth in the 800 run (1:56.41). Both relay teams won their races, with the 4x100 tying rival Bellarmine for first (42.0) and the 4x400 prevailing outright (3:24.74).

Two St. Francis girls advanced: Lauren Johnson in the triple jump (second, 37-3.75) and 100 hurdles (fifth, 15.37) and Mackenzie Florant in the high jump (fifth, 5-0).

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