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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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Smith gets a jumpstart on new jobs as Mtn. View’s AD and football coach


Photo By: Courtesy of Mountain View High
Photo Courtesy Of Mountain View High

Shelley Smith officially takes over as Mountain View High athletic director July 1.

Shelley Smith’s official start date is July 1, but he couldn’t wait that long to embark on his new job – or jobs – at Mountain View High.

The new athletic director, head football coach and physical education teacher has been hard at work since school let out for the summer.

“I’m here every day,” Smith said last week. “I’m getting a head start, because there’s a lot to do. It doesn’t do any good to wait.”

Hired May 6, Smith replaces John Payne and Toure Carter, who resigned as athletic director and football coach, respectively, early in the spring.

Smith said he has nearly assembled his football staff, needing only a skills-position assistant for the frosh-soph squad. He retained three varsity assistants, promoting Bobby Johnson to defensive coordinator (Smith will run the offense).

Smith hired a familiar face as frosh-soph coach. He and Bryan Raisch went to school together and both coached at Saratoga High in recent years. Smith coached running backs and served as defensive coordinator at Saratoga last season. The Saratoga resident has 11 years of coaching experience.

While Smith nearly has all the coaches he needs for football, vacancies remain for other sports at the school. Smith seeks varsity head coaches for cross-country and baseball.

“We have a lot of very good candidates for baseball, but we’re in no big hurry – it’s a spring sport,” he said. “But we need to give more attention to cross-country and find someone soon because it’s a fall sport.”

Smith’s other mission is to get more players out for football. At last week’s offseason workouts, Smith said he counted only 65 players – varsity and frosh-soph combined.

“That’s not a lot of numbers, but we’ll get there,” he said. “My goal is to get 120 in the next few years. There’s no reason we can’t reach that goal at a school this size.”

As for the players he does have, Smith had no complaints.

“I love the kids here,” he said. “It’s a good group.”

Smith conceded that turning around the varsity football team – the Spartans went 3-7 last year – “won’t happen overnight,” but he’s hopeful it can be done.

“It’s a process,” Smith said. “We’re planting a lot of seeds right now.”

Smith asked all the returning players to fill out a questionnaire, then sat down with many of them “just to talk,” he said.

For more information about the coaching vacancies at Mountain View, email Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him at (408) 688-6165.

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