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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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Donations needed for CSA's Santa Claus Exchange

As the holiday season gets in full gear, Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents are invited to help Community Services Agency bring holiday cheer to the low income families and others in the need in the community.

CSA has opened its traditional "Santa Claus Exchange" this season, for the 39th year, to offer low-income families gifts free of charge for their children this Saturday and Sunday.

Last year, the exchange made Christmas possible for more than 588 local families who were prescreened for eligibility for the program.

Along with toys, games, books and puzzles, the Santa Claus Exchange also provides food to assist families to help prepare holiday meals.

Holiday food baskets are also distributed through CSA's related "Senior Food Gift Basket Program."

There are many ways to participate, said Louise Pahl, CSA's associate director.

"People can collect and donate new or nearly new toys, or provide volunteer help for the exchange,." Pahl said.

Another way to help is to place fliers at your business advertising the exchange, or have a donation barrel at your work place for contributions. Money donations are also needed for the program, she said.

Toys and gifts for the Santa Claus Exchange and food items may be taken to Community Services Agency, 204 Stierlin Road, Mountain View, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

CSA will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m.

They may also be taken to any Mountain View or Los Altos fire station, Mountain View library and the Los Altos main library.

Cash contributions for these programs may be sent by mail to Community Services Agency, 204 Stierlin Road, Mountain View, 94043.

Anyone wishing to share the holiday spirit with others in the community should phone CSA's volunteer office at 964-4630 to become a holiday volunteer.

Volunteers are needed for the Santa Claus Exchange, phone answering, assisting with receiving donations, food and gift sorting, gift packing and picking up donations.

For more information, call 968-0836.

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