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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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Ecstatic about his Eagles


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High quarterback Lambie Lanman drops back to pass during practice last week. The senior is a returning starter.

Those who pitied Trevor Pruitt for taking the job of head football coach at Los Altos High may soon envy him.

A week into practice, the Eagles – who suffered through a winless 2012 season – looked much better than their new coach could have ever imagined.

“I thought it was going to be a rebuilding process, but it’s turning out to be the exact opposite,” Pruitt said. “I think we can compete for the El Camino championship.”

The leap from worst to first in the SCVAL El Camino Division may appear daunting, but Pruitt is confident Los Altos has what it takes to compete with the likes of Homestead, Monta Vista and Lynbrook for the crown.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am about this team,” said Pruitt, hired in February. “We’re tall, big, strong and fast.”

The former Mountain View High offensive coordinator expects the Eagles to hold the advantage in every game when it comes to measurable traits.

Los Altos’ size, in particular, will be difficult to match; the roster includes a slew of 6-footers, many of them weighing more than 200 pounds. And there may not be a bigger player in the league than Sami Fakalolo, a 6-foot-3, 360-pound junior.

Pruitt said Fakalolo “will anchor our defensive line.”

The coach also has high hopes for another nose tackle – 6-3, 275-pound freshman Tonga Keti.

“He’s learning and we’re giving him a chance (to play varsity),” Pruitt said of Keti, who wears size 17 cleats. “He had never played football before, but he has rugby experience and is aggressive.”

Opposing teams that get by Los Altos’ stout defensive line on runs up the middle will likely encounter another imposing figure in Ofisa Pati, a 5-11, 275-pound middle linebacker.

“He’s quick for his size,” Pruitt said of Pati, who will play alongside fellow senior Josh Williams. “He’s a big-time defender.”

The coach is just as excited about outside linebackers Duke Myers and Max Wilber. Although neither senior played on the team last year, Pruitt said they have the athleticism (both are standout baseball players) to contribute right away on both sides of the ball.

The coach described Myers as a “hybrid” who will take snaps at running back, receiver, tight end and even quarterback.

“He can do it all,” Pruitt said of Myers, who transferred from St. Francis High last year. “He hit the ground running.”

Wilber is also a transfer student; he played for Pruitt as a freshman at Mountain View High three years ago. The linebacker/tight end “is a key guy,” the coach said. “He leads by example.”

Quarterback Lambie Lanman is one of the few returning starters on offense. The studious senior is “working hard” to learn Pruitt’s offense, according to the coach.

“He texts and calls me all night long,” Pruitt said with a chuckle. “He won’t leave me alone.”

The coach added that Lanman – who also excels in baseball – is drawing interest from Ivy League colleges.

“I don’t think there’s a better quarterback in the league,” Pruitt said. “He’s a team leader, and nobody works harder.”

Look for speedy receiver Victor Ruiz to be among Lanman’s favorite targets.

“He’s an amazing kid who works hard,” Pruitt said of the senior, set to start at safety on defense. “He’s going to be an explosive player for us this year.”

Lanman shouldn’t have trouble finding two other players in the mix at receiver – 6-4 Patrick McColl and 6-3 Matt Schoner.

“Patrick is a great kid and he’s very intimidating,” Pruitt said. “Max is one of our fastest kids.”

Schoner is the team’s kicker as well and is vying to start on defense at cornerback.

Patrick Vargas “is going to carry a lot of the load” at running back, Pruitt said. The 5-9, 165-pound sophomore “is fast and has really good vision,” he added.

Sean Lanoza, a junior, is at fullback.

If bigger is better, the offensive line should be solid with the likes of Pati, Phillip Almeda ( 5-11, 240 pounds) and Henrik Berner (6-4, 260 pounds), a transfer from Norway.

While Los Altos has more size than a year ago, the increase in the number of players may prove even more important to the team’s success. The Eagles began last season with a 34-man roster and were down to only 18 healthy players a month later, forcing them to forfeit a game.

Los Altos is up to 40 players this year.

“We have a great turnout so far,” Pruitt said. “I’m really proud of the kids.”

The Eagles are scheduled to scrimmage against host Carlmont 7 p.m. Friday and open the season 1 p.m. Sept. 7 against visiting Burton of San Francisco.


2013 preseason football: Los Altos High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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