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News

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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Mtn. View girls top Los Altos on last-minute goal

After a string of ties to begin league play, the Mountain View High girls soccer team desperately needed a win – and the Spartans got one with a last-minute goal against rival Los Altos last week.

Morgan Matthews delivered the game’s lone goal in the 80th minute, racing past a defender to receive a through pass from Isabel De Armas and boot it into the right side of the net Jan. 22.

“It was an important result for us,” said Mountain View coach Ivan Bandov, whose squad opened SCVAL De Anza Division play by tying Homestead, Los Gatos and Palo Alto. “It’s nice we haven’t lost in over a month, but you need wins eventually to make CCS, which is the No. 1 goal.”

The Spartans earned another win Friday, routing Monta Vista 8-0. Matthews made three goals; Erin Higa scored one and notched three assists.

Mountain View improved to 2-0-3 in league and 6-2-4 overall.

Los Altos, defending Central Coast Section Division II champ, bounced back Friday by defeating Homestead 3-0. Rebecca Andrews scored two goals; Katie Winter had a goal and an assist.

The victory boosted the Eagles’ record to 3-1-1 in league and 5-3-2 overall.

St. Francis scored a goal in each half to beat host Sacred Heart Cathedral 2-0 Jan. 22 in West Catholic Athletic League play. Maddie Vukcevich scored the initial goal and assisted Annie Kingman on the second.

The Lancers improved to 4-3 in league and 9-4 overall.

Shorthanded Pinewood fell 1-0 to host Notre Dame-San Jose Thursday. The Panthers, competing with just 10 players, held Notre Dame scoreless into the final 20 minutes of action.

Coach Michael Tetzlaff said his girls “held up nicely against a team with a lot of substitutes, but “ultimately we were outnumbered, and they were able to slip a goal past our defense.”

Coupled with Saturday’s 4-0 loss at King’s Academy, Pinewood fell to 2-4-0 in the WBAL Foothill Division and 3-11-0 overall.

Boys basketball

Host Pinewood crushed Crystal Springs Uplands 67-25 Friday.

The Panthers (3-1 WBAL, 11-3 overall) led 37-13 at intermission. Ryan Brice paced Pinewood with 18 points; Jordan Riches had 14.

St. Francis’ struggles in the WCAL continued last week. The Lancers lost both games, slumping to 1-5 in league, 11-5 overall.

They fell 72-48 to visiting St. Ignatius Friday and lost 61-49 at Sacred Heart Cathedral Jan. 22.

No St. Francis player scored double-digit points Friday; Brycen Carbonel tallied 13 points against Sacred Heart.

Girls basketball

Jayme Hughes’ buzzer-beating 3-pointer lifted Mountain View to a 55-54 win over Palo Alto Friday. Natalie Lillie – double teamed in the back court – lobbed the pass to Hughes, who turned and fired the shot from approximately 30 feet.

Hughes totaled 21 points to lead the host Spartans (2-3 De Anza Division, 10-6 overall).

Los Altos extended its winning streak to 12 games by beating Homestead 57-40 Friday.

Meghan McDermott scored 22 points for the visiting Eagles, who upped their record to 5-0 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 13-3 overall.

Boys soccer

Despite missing its top two scorers from last season, the Mountain View boys keep winning. The Spartans improved to 3-1 in the De Anza Division and 9-2-1 overall with last week’s 6-0 thumping of rival Los Altos.

Mountain View is playing without last year’s leading scorer, Guillermo Burger, who decided not to play this season, according to coach Jim McGuirk, and two weeks ago lost this year’s leading scorer, Brad Bumgarner, to an ankle injury.

The Spartans have compensated with a balanced attack. In the Jan. 22 rout of Los Altos and 3-2 win over Palo Alto in their previous game, a total of seven players scored goals.

“The guys are stepping up and playing well without Brad,” said McGuirk, who doesn’t know when Bumgarner (12 goals) will return.

Against Los Altos, Collin Hurst and Jim Radford each notched a goal and an assist. Josue Aguilar, Logan Allen, Andrew Bossett and Johann Pistorius scored Mountain View’s other goals.

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