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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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Coach unhappy with Owls' effort in win

Contreras

A lot of coaches would be thrilled with a 31-point victory. But the way the Foothill College women’s basketball team went about beating Las Positas last week left Jody Craig concerned.

“We’re not playoff-ready at this point,” the coach said after the Owls’ 74-43 win at Las Positas Feb. 9. “We’ve got some work to do.”

First-place Foothill held only a 25-18 lead over last-place Las Positas at halftime, prompting Craig to give her players a stern talking-to.

“We did good things defensively, but we weren’t aggressive on the offensive end and were a little out of rhythm,” she said. “So at half, I challenged them: ‘Why aren’t you attacking them? Why aren’t you taking over and putting your pride on the line?’”

The Owls got the message. They opened the second half with a 16-5 run and extended their advantage to 55-30 with nine minutes remaining.

“We played with more heart and emotion in the second half,” Craig said. “We picked up the pace defensively, attacked more and gave them different looks.”

Point guard Raeshel Contreras, in her second game back from a knee injury, led the charge. The freshman finished with a team-high 18 points, all of which came on 3-pointers. Addie Schivo scored 13 points and fellow sophomore shooting guard Stephanie Agostini added 11.

Foothill, ranked No. 2 in Northern California, improved to 23-4 overall and 7-1 in the Coast Conference North Division. But the Owls have yet to meet Craig’s lofty expectations.

“We’re not playing close to our potential,” she said. “We need to be more efficient and pick up the pace – I’m looking for more of a sense of urgency with this team than I’ve been seeing.”

Foothill is scheduled to host Skyline 7 p.m. today and conclude conference play 5 p.m. Friday against visiting San Mateo. The playoffs are set to start next week.

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