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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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Mustangs make it through


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Homestead High senior Casey Carroll, a Los Altos resident, has secured an athletic scholarship to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

After surviving an arduous nonleague schedule, coach Gary Carroll said his Homestead High volleyball team – featuring four girls from Los Altos – welcomed the start of SCVAL De Anza Division play.

“I think we’re battle-tested and ready for league,” he said prior to Thursday’s opener at Palo Alto.

Although the division is filled with formidable foes, Carroll can’t imagine it being more daunting than the slate of teams the Mustangs faced in recent weeks. Twelve of their 13 opponents won at least 20 matches last season and two claimed state championships. Homestead tangled with four teams from the vaunted West Catholic Athletic League and ventured to Las Vegas for one of the most competitive tournaments on the West Coast.

Carroll said his team was “tired and beat up” after three weeks of what he described as “the toughest schedule in Northern California.” The Mustangs kept their heads above water, however, posting a 7-6 record with a win over WCAL power Presentation, a 4-3 mark in the desert at the Durango Tournament and victories over Harker and San Benito.

“I hope it bodes well for us,” Carroll said.

So far, it has. Homestead won its league opener in five games, the team’s first victory at Palo Alto in 14 years. The Mustangs and Vikings shared the division title last season.

The coach said his daughter Casey Carroll “blew it up” Thursday night. The senior from Los Altos recorded 22 kills (on 41 swings), 25 digs and four blocks. The team’s other outside hitter, fellow senior Morgan Robinson, added 18 kills.

Carroll, Robinson and juniors Katie Barker (of Los Altos) and Connor Bunka make up a fearsome foursome of hitters. Robinson has already surpassed 100 kills, the 6-foot-1 Casey is closing in on the century mark – despite missing a few matches with a sprained ankle – while Bunka and Barker are in the 50-kill range.

“I don’t think anyone (in the league) can deal with that four-prong attack,” coach Carroll said. “Throw in Maria and Breanna, and we’re tough to beat.”

That would be junior setter Maria Balus, a transfer from Monta Vista, and sophomore middle blocker Breanna Rachel. Each has more than 20 kills.

Homestead can get it done on defense as well. Senior libero Allison Inanoria was voted team MVP last year and the Mustangs should have another big-time back row player when junior defensive specialist Olivia Poulos returns from a leg injury that has sidelined her since their third match.

“We need her,” coach Carroll said of Los Altos resident Poulos, whom he expects back as early as next week. “Not only for her defense, but for her quiet leadership skills.”

Homestead doesn’t seem to lack for leaders, though. The team has three captains: Inanoria, Robinson and Casey. The coach called Casey – a four-year varsity player – “the all-around leader,” adding that her will to win often sets the tone for the Mustangs.

“She has that competitive fire,” coach Carroll said of his daughter, bound for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on a scholarship. “She’s the best competitor in the league, as far as pure desire to win.”

Homestead is scheduled to visit Monta Vista 6:45 p.m. Thursday.


2013 girls volleyball: Homestead High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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