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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.

We ...

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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.

Those interested ...

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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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Vineyard Bank plans to open in downtown Los Altos

Vineyard Bank of Corona will soon join the bevy of banks in Los Altos.

The company, with $2.3 billion in assets, plans to open an office in Los Altos within the next 60 to 90 days, said Executive Vice President Natalie Taaffe.

Currently the bank has 15 branches in Southern California and a Northern California office in San Rafael.

"Initially, our office will be a loan construction office," said Taaffe, responsible for the single-family residential luxury construction-lending unit at Vineyard.

The bank will focus on homeowners and builders and eventually open a full-service branch.

"We'll serve home-owners interested in a remodel, a renovation or a complete teardown and rebuild," Taaffe said.

Vineyard will also serve general contractors, building on a speculative basis.

Taaffe, a resident of Los Altos, is looking for a branch location on San Antonio Road.

"We need onsite parking and that's challenging to find," she said. "We are definitely coming to town at a downtown location."

Prior to joining Vineyard,

Taaffe was executive vice president and construction lending manager at Bridge Bank of San Jose. She opened the firm's construction and real estate lending division in 2001.

In opening a bank in Los Altos, Taaffe is returning to her roots. She is a descendant of one of the region's founding families, the Murphy family of the Murphy/Stevens party, the first wagon train to successfully cross the Sierra Nevada mountain range in 1844.

When the Taaffe and Murphy families joined in marriage in 1862, Martin Murphy gave 2,800 acres of what later became Los Altos Hills to his daughter Elizabeth, the bride, and William Taaffe, the groom.

"I like to think that by focusing on construction lending throughout my career I'm continuing the tradition started by the Murphy family so long ago," said Taaffe, who was born and raised in Los Altos Hills.

Vineyard Bank is located temporarily at 2225 E. Bayshore Road., Suite. 223, Palo Alto.

For more information, call Natalie Taaffe at 391-1987, 521-6988 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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