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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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All-American boy


courtesy of Katy Yeager
Los Altos residents Brian Yeager (left), Danny Yeager (right) and Kelly McConnell (top) competed in last month’s USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in North Carolina. Brian earned All-America honors in the decathlon and high jump.

Reluctant decathlete Brian Yeager has no regrets about competing in the event at last month’s USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in North Carolina. The Los Altos resident finished eighth in his division, earning All-America honors.

“I did well,” said Yeager, who went against 18 other decathletes in the Intermediate Boys division (ages 15-16). “I think I’ll stick with it.”

Yeager took up the decathlon – comprising 10 events, from running to throwing to jumping – in the spring with some prodding from coach Dave Barth and older brother Danny Yeager, who along with fellow Los Altos resident Kelly McConnell also participated in the national meet.

“Brian did not even want to compete in the decathlon this summer, so to finish as an All-American is tremendous,” said Barth, co-head coach of the Los Altos-based Fox Athletics track club.

That wasn’t the only medal Brian won at the meet, held July 22-28 at North Carolina A&T State University. He finished eighth in the high jump to notch the final All-America spot in that event as well.

“For Brian to earn All-American in the decathlon and then come back later in the week and do it again in high jump is an incredible accomplishment,” Barth said.

Brian cleared 6 feet, 1 inch in the high jump – an inch shy of his personal record.

“I was happy with that,” said Brian, entering his junior year at Los Altos High.

Brian added that he was proudest of his performance in the 110-meter hurdles as part of the decathlon, held over the first two days of the meet in hot and humid conditions. He finished first in the race with a personal-best time of 15.86 seconds.

“That was great,” said Brian, who beat his previous-best time by 1/500th of a second. “I hadn’t practiced (the 110 hurdles) in over a month.”

Brian notched two more top-five finishes in the decathlon – in the high jump (second) and long jump (fourth). He totaled 4,901 points.

Brother Danny and McConnell finished 14th (5,870 points) and 26th (5,038), respectively, in the Young Men division (17-18) decathlon.

“Making it to nationals is a great accomplishment,” Barth said. “The fact that Danny and Kelly both finished in the top 30 in the Young Men (division) makes our coaching staff very proud.”

Danny graduated from Los Altos High in May; McConnell is entering his senior year.

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