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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.

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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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Steinberg offers insider's view on growth of Silicon Valley

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Goodwin Steinberg, congratulations. You've authored a gem that tells about our daily living and it's your contributions that have made it better. It's titled, "From the Ground Up: Building Silicon Valley."

The book is the tale of a young serviceman and his bride who visited the San Francisco Bay Area during World War II. They came back to the "Valley of the Heart's Delight" and helped make it a place of legend and undreamed-of wealth.

"Goody" tells about the dazzling success story that is Silicon Valley -- how and why technology flourished here, who the players were, and how the pieces came together. He takes a behind-the-scenes look at the politics and personalities of the region.

Faced with the inevitable change that comes with an influx of people and a reputation for success, Santa Clara Valley government officials began to chart their future. Would they become bedroom communities, industrial pockets or a combination of both? As a young, fledging architect, Steinberg helped shape a way of life.

In an area blessed with a mild climate and an abundance of breathtaking vistas, architects found a new freedom in designing both residential and commercial buildings that would take advantage of views.

Not limited by the heavy heating and cooling demands of the Midwest, rooms here did not have to be framed by four interior walls to stay warm. Free of concerns about snow loads, balconies were expanded and views from the inside of the house to the garden were exploited.

Using his new architectural philosophy, Steinberg brought new concepts to a spec house in Los Altos Hills in 1952 that he had a hard time selling.

"From the experience came two lessons," Steinberg writes. "Timing can be everything, and sometimes you have to draw the hard line in order to get where you are going."

One of the first homes Steinberg built for a client was for Mr. and Mrs. Larry Dawson, who owned 30 acres of land in Los Altos Hills. They wanted a creative home to fit on a magnificent ridge that had unobstructed views of the bay on one side and the mountains on the other.

Steinberg realized that when architects partnered with landscape designers and craftsmen, the end product could be environmentally sensitive, aesthetically pleasing and very livable.

Another home Steinberg designed was for Bob and Jan Fenwick. Bob is one of the success stories in high-tech electronics. They had 40 acres and wanted something creative, original, aesthetic and fun.

Steinberg's range of buildings is remarkable. He has been the architect for public buildings, business parks, churches, hotels, community centers, libraries, museums and courthouses in addition to the homes of numerous Silicon Valley titans.

"Early in my career I was faced with a choice -- whether to build a national reputation or focus on my own community," Steinberg writes. "After a grueling and exhausting project in Florida, I made my practice one that focuses on building community. They aren't the most lucrative, but the most fulfilling."

Los Altos is Steinberg's community. He has designed the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce and, most recently, the Los Altos History Museum. His recent book signing in the garden patio of the history museum was well received by the community thanking him for his contributions.

The book is richly illustrated with 69 color prints of his projects, including some architectural drawings. Susan Wolfe aided in authoring "From the Ground Up: Building Silicon Valley."

The book has just been published by Stanford University Press and is available for $50. It is also available at Amazon.com for $34.97.

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