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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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Repeat feat for Lancers


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High linebacker John Powers drills Palma quarterback Mitch Kidd in the second half of Friday’s game.

On a night St. Francis High reunited and honored its 1983 Central Coast Section championship football team, the 2013 Lancers made their own mark.

St. Francis (2-0), playing its home opener, posted its second straight shutout in a 26-0 win over Palma (0-2) Friday.

The Lancers have held five of their last six opponents scoreless, dating back to last year. The last two shutouts have come under new head coach Greg Calcagno.

“Cannot ask for anymore than that,” Calcagno said. “The defense has done a fine job. … The kids are fantastic and they’re believing in what we’re doing.”

Junior linebacker Steve Dinneen led the Lancer defense with seven tackles and 1.5 sacks.

Dinneen was part of a unit that limited the visiting Chieftains to only 104 yards of offense, with only nine of those coming in the fourth quarter. Palma ran just seven offensive plays in the final quarter and finished the game 0-for-10 on third downs.

Offensively, the Lancers did most of their work on the ground, running for 248 of their 270 total yards. Senior running back Alex Andrighetto led the team with 136 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 24 carries. Senior Landon Baty added 72 yards rushing on eight touches.

“We knew a bunch of people were going to be here for the opener tonight,” Andrighetto said of the team’s home-opening win. “We wanted to put on a show and that’s what I told our guys we were going to do – put on a clinic.”

Calcagno said with several players like Andrighetto and Baty playing on offense and defense this season, teammates like Devin Hurtado – who added 39 yards rushing – will likely see increased playing time at running back.

“Whoever is able to go, we’ll get them the ball and they’ll make some plays,” the coach said. “They each have a couple of different things they do well, and it’s nice to be able to alternate them and have success.”

The win was Calcagno’s first at home since taking over a program once run by his father, Ron Calcagno. The elder Calcagno was among those honored Friday; he coached the 1983 title team.

“A lot of guys were coming from back East and all over,” Greg Calcagno said of the 1983 team reunion. “It was a special night for them and for us, and for what we’re trying to do with our traditions at St. Francis.”

Leading 6-0 after a pair of first-half field goals by Patrick Fordham, the Lancers padded their slim lead early in the third quarter with a six-play, 81-yard drive capped by a 3-yard touchdown run from Andrighetto with 7:19 remaining. St. Francis opted for the two-point conversion, which failed and left the lead at 12-0.

Andrighetto, who gained 57 of his game-high 136 yards on the drive, wasn’t done. He added his second rushing touchdown on a 1-yard run with eight minutes left in the fourth. The 66-yard drive pushed the lead to 19-0 after the PAT.

Ten seconds later, junior defensive back Riley Quinn picked off a pass from Palma quarterback Mitch Kidd. The Lancers were back in the end zone soon after, this time getting a 1-yard touchdown run from Hurtado. The PAT extended St. Francis’ lead to 26-0 with 4:35 remaining.

The Lancers are scheduled to host Skyline 7:30 p.m. Friday.


2013 Football: St. Francis High School vs. Palma High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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