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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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Transition from child to teen is hard on parents

Parents have a penchant for saying four words to their sons and daughters when they walk in the door after school - "How was your day?"

If the son or daughter happens to be a teenager, he or she usually dodges the question with a mumbled "whatever"-type response that often leaves parents feeling bad about their relationship with their children.

Dr. Michael Riera, who spoke at the Circle of Support Breakfast May 10, said understanding the dynamic of how teenagers think, act and feel can provide parents with some control over the interactions they have with their children.

"Children operate on a different clock from us - this leads to rough interactions at home," Riera said.

Riera, author of "Staying Connected to Your Teenager" (Perseus, 2003), said that when teenagers come home from school, they are just beginning to process their day. When they retreat to their rooms, they seek their own form of adolescent meditation through music. Only after 10 minutes in the loud solace of Green Day or Dashboard Confessional can they begin to answer the question, internally, of how their day was.

Riera said parents should encourage their children to take the time to process their day.

"Always ask them how their day was, because they will get upset if you don't ask," he said. "But don't expect a real answer yet. Tell them, 'Why don't you go to your room and relax?'"

When the son or daughter comes down to dinner, he or she will have had proper time to process the day and will be more at ease than when he or she walked through the door. Riera said there is a good chance then that the teen will begin telling the parent about his or her day.

Parents must understand that when their children become teenagers, parents transition from "manager" of their children's lives to "consultant" of their lives, he said.

"Being consultant is not about being friends with them," Riera said. "For our kids, we need to be able to read between the lines."

Riera said parents need to learn how to minimize their child's self-consciousness, recognize their new level of thinking, help them build their integrity and praise them on their road to entitlement.

He said that consequences for bad behavior should involve children doing something to make the situation right. For example, if the parent has been up until midnight waiting for their son who broke curfew, the son should have to wash the car the next morning while the parents sleep in. Riera said this type of atonement is more effective punishment for the teens than taking something away.

The fourth annual Circle of Support Breakfast benefited Family and Children Services, a non-profit organization whose mission is to build strong, safe and self-sufficient individuals, families and communities. The organization serves Santa Clara and San Mateo counties by providing mental health and psychiatric care, life-skills preparation, substance abuse treatment, domestic violence intervention, family counseling and financial literacy and family loan services to those in need.

In Los Altos, Family and Children Services provides counseling services at Los Altos High School and Montclaire Elementary School.

Los Altos residents Garner Kelly, Alice Nuzzo and Elizabeth Stewart were on the Circle of Support committee, which participated in planning the breakfast. Two tables at the breakfast, held at the Crowne Plaza CabaÃÆ'±a in Palo Alto, were filled with donors and supporters from Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

For more information on Family and Children Services, visit www.fcservices.org. For more information on Riera, visit www.mikeriera.com.

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