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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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iMac verses eMac and stop the pop-up ads

Tech Talk

This column offers solutions to personal technology questions from our readers. Neither the author nor this newspaper endorses products or companies mentioned.

Q: Now that the eMac is available for everyone we wonder whether we should buy it rather than the higher priced iMac. What is the difference between the two and which is the better purchase?

A: It really depends on what you need. Both the eMac and iMac have plenty of external connectivity and arrive with a nice software bundle. Apple has made the eMac more attractive with the recent addition of their SuperDrive, the optical drive that plays CDs and DVDs and burns data and audio CDs as well as DVDs that play in most commercial DVD players.

The eMac is an appealing midrange choice, peppy enough for most applications but not robust enough to really enjoy OSX or Photoshop. Its 128MB of memory and limited expansion make it a good choice for home users or students. If you work in an office environment and run multiple applications, are headed for OSX, or plan to use processor and memory intensive programs like QuarkXPress or Photoshop, you should consider the iMac. That low price on the eMac comes with some tradeoffs.

Q: As I surf around the Internet, I am getting inundated with ads appearing in different windows. I close one only to have another open. Sometimes there are so many I just quite my browser and start over. This is absolutely annoying. Is there a setting in my browser I can use or some kind of software that will filter out these unwelcome ads?

A: There are many ways of stopping Pop-up and Pop-under ads - which appear in front or behind your browser window. If EarthLink is your ISP they offer Pop-Up Blocker available for download at their Web site. It will also be incorporated in the next version of their TotalAccess software. Mozilla 1.0 lets you block pop-up ads. Mozilla is the first public version of the Netscape-inspired open-source browser and runs on Win PCs and Macs. It can be downloaded from www.mozilla.org.

For strictly PC browsers there is ActivatorDesk, a desktop, browser and Web filter in one. www.activatordesk.com. Another pop-up filtering browser is Crazy Browser and it's freeware, www.crazybrowser.com. CNET's Editors' Choice is PopUpCop, which stops animation, audio files, pop-ups and even cookies, www.popupcop.com. Also, check out AdSubtract at www.adsubtract.com or Pop-Up Stopper, which offers three versions, www.panicware.com.

For Mac browsers, look at Pop-Up Zapper, a great shareware application written by Ricardo Batista, http://batista.org/zap/. Also, consider WebWasher, a shareware program with three functional modules at www.webwasher.com.

Please keep questions to 100 words or less. Send to: Tech Talk, Town Crier, 138 Main St., Los Altos 94022 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Randall Hull is a Los Altos resident and owner of The Br@nd Ranch, a brand marketing firm.

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