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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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Thomas Robert Conlon, a devoted teacher, remained active in Los Altos Hills affairs

Thomas Robert Conlon, a 30-year resident of Los Altos Hills, died peacefully of cancer on Sept. 11. He was 71.

The firstborn son of native San Franciscans, "Tom" Conlon grew up an altar boy and on the ballfields of San Francisco's Portola district.

He was a graduate of St. Joseph's School (1953) and received his bachelor's degree from St. Patrick's Seminary (1955) and master's degree from the University of San Francisco (1967).

Mr. Conlon played tennis and rode his bike through the apricot orchards of Los Altos Hills long before the town was incorporated. He also served in the U.S. Army (Germany, 1959).

Known to his classmates as "Dink," Conlon was educated as a priest but called to teach.

For 36 years, Mr. Conlon was a master teacher at El Camino High School in South San Francisco.

There, he opened thousands of minds to Aristotle, Yeats and everything in between. His heart, home, family, library and travels were all as open to his students as his classroom.

The unofficial ambassador of Tripoli, Conn., Mr. Conlon was social and active in town affairs. If he didn't know you, he likely knew your neighbor or kin.

Husband of 42 years to June M. Conlon, Mr. Conlon is also survived by his brother and sister, Patrick J. and Sister Ann M. Conlon; four children, Thomas P. Conlon (Taylor McCandless), Pamela M. Sandhu (Kulwant), Edward D. Conlon (Elisa Stephens) and Hillary A. Conlon (Louis Demers); and seven grandchildren, Hanspreet, Chandpreet, and Raspreet Sandhu, Sage and Emma Conlon, and Elia and Brigitte Demers.

These and hundreds of other family members, friends, students, neighbors, colleagues, seminarians and Lions around the world will surely miss him.

A memorial service, with a reception to follow, will be held at 3 p.m., Oct. 3, at Morgan Auditorium, 491 Post St. (at Mason), San Francisco. Interment will be private. Gifts to the Thomas R. Conlon Scholarship Fund are welcome: University of San Francisco Development Office, 2130 Fulton St., San Francisco 94117.

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