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Police stress need for low speed in school zones

Police stress need for low speed in school zones


Town Crier File Photo
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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Obituary Notices

HAROLYN CROSSMAN

Harolyn Crossman, loving wife, mother, and grandmother suddenly passed away peacefully in her sleep at her Los Altos home on Sunday, January 7th 2007. Harolyn was born in Oshkosh, Nebraska January 31st 1937.

Harolyn was a former American Airlines Stewardess. She is predeceased by her son John Jr. and survived by her husband Jack Crossman, son James of Las Vegas and his wife Dianna, daughter Jennifer Bunge of Winnetka, IL and her husband Jon, brother Richard Stockman of Denver, CO, sister Judy Ward of Hutchinson, KS and five grandchildren whom she loved dearly, Johnny, Jack, Hunter, Nicholas, and Allison.

Services were held Friday, January 12 at Spangler's Mortuary, 399 S San Antonio Road, Los Altos, CA 94022.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Memphis, TN.

HELEN ROBERTA

SWEENEY

Helen Roberta Sweeney passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 8, 2007, at home with her beloved husband Joe at her side tenderly holding her hand. They had been married just a few weeks short of 71 years.

She was one of two daughters of William and Elanor Bubb. Her family is recognized in naming the present-day Bubb School and Bubb Park. The Bubb family pioneered apricot and prune cultivation in the Santa Clara Valley, having crossed the Great Plains from Missouri in 1850. Roberta was active in the Mountain View Historical Society, dedicating her later years to preserving the rich heritage of this area.

Roberta graduated from Mountain View High School and received her Bachelor's degree in Music Education from San Jose State in 1935. She loved her music and played the cello, sang and directed youth choirs, contributing to the musical happiness of many through the years. With nearly equal passion in her later years she enthusiastically supported the San Francisco Giants, much as her mother had years ago.

She was a woman of faith, active in the First Presbyterian Church of Mountain View, the church her family had helped organize over 100 years ago. She provided love and sound counsel to all who came into her life.

Roberta is survived by her husband Joseph, her two sons John and Paul and their spouses Joyce and Guillermina, a close niece Betty and her spouse Jeff, seven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, William George, and by her sister, Frances.

Her ashes will be interred at the Columbarium at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, built on the site of her childhood home. The large old oak tree that stands in front of the church held the rope swing her father hung for quiet blissful afternoons, drinking in the fertile beauty of the Valley. One of her last wishes was that Mountain View and Los Altos not forget their beautiful past years, and that we all maintain this area as the "Valley of Heart's Delight."

ROBERT G. ROGERS

Robert G. Rogers who lived in Los Altos, CA, for the past 44 years, passed away on January 1, 2007. Bob was born on July 16th, 1920 and grew up in Mexico and Texas. He learned to fly an airplane before he could drive a car, and learned to drive in a Ford Model A. He earned a Master's from Cal Tech and a PhD from the University of Texas in Austin in Electrical Engineering, did pioneering work in microwave communications and holds over a dozen patents. His book "Low Phase Noise Microwave Oscillator Design" was published in 1991. Throughout his life his hobbies included ham radio, drawing and painting, gold smithing, and making and flying RC airplanes. Bob raised his family in Ithaca, NY, and Los Altos, CA, and is survived by Mary, his wife of 51 years. Their children are Bob Jr. (wife Jan), Beverly (husband Bob, deceased), Beth (husband Jerome), and Molly (husband Peter). Bob and Mary have four grandchildren-Anna, Liz, Annika, and Tyrone. A memorial service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 1040 Border Road in Los Altos on Saturday, January 27th at 11am, followed by a reception at the church. Bob's family requests that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Santa Clara Girl Scout Council or the Alzheimer's Association.

JACQUELINE (JACKIE) ALICE TERWILLIGE

February 20, 1923 - January 15, 2007

Preceded in death by her husband, Thane Albert Terwilliger (April 2003). Survived by her loving sons Marc A. Terwilliger of Los Altos, Richard A. Terwilliger (Paula) of Venice. Three grandchildren Elizabeth, Jeremy and Daniel.

She will be deeply missed by her family and friends, but is finally back in the perfect embrace of God, who welcomes her home.

ESTELLE L. TURNEY

Born August 28,1910 in South Dakota, died Saturday January 13, 2007 at the Forum in Cupertino, CA. Estelle was the widow of Newton V. Turney. She, Newton and family relocated from Palm Beach, FL to Atherton in 1960 before moving to Los Altos Hills in 1969. The family formerly lived in Dallas, TX and West Port, CT. Estelle is survived by two daughters, Pat Ogle of Los Altos, CA and Dee Gordon of Federal Way, WA, five grandsons, four granddaughter-in-laws and seven great-grandchildren.

Estelle was a graduate from Florida State with a teaching degree in art. She was a very active and long time volunteer in several local charitable service organizations, including the Palo Alto Auxiliary at the Allied Arts supporting the Lucile Packard's Children's Hospital at Stanford, Larabee Auxiliary supporting the Peninsula Children's Council, where she was awarded the Volunteer of the Year, and the Atherton's supporting battered women.

No memorial is planned. The family will celebrate her life at a graveside burial. The family would like donations in her honor to be made to any of the above charities or to your charity of choice.

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