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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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Prep softball & Water Polo

In one of the closer games on the Peninsula this season, Mercy-Burlingame downed Pinewood 9-8 last Tuesday to remain atop the Private Schools Athletic League with a 7-0 mark. Second-place Pinewood (6-2 league, 8-4 overall) started off shaky, allowing three runs in the first inning and trailing 6-1 after four frames.But thanks to a two-RBI triple by Kacey Scheppler, run-scoring single from Andrea Hajjarian and several walks, the Panthers cut the deficit to 6-5 in their half of the fifth. "We broke it open a little bit," said Pinewood Coach Christy Eustice. The Panthers' Kari Burnett then led off the next inning with a double and scored the tying run.Runs piled up for both teams in the seventh: Mercy scored three, but Pinewood could only answer with two, thus suffering its second loss to the league leaders this season. The Panthers' downfall was leaving nine runners stranded on base.On the pitching end, Scheppler (6-3) struck out nine and allowed five hits. From the plate, she raised her average to about .500 with a 3-for-4 performance (triple, double, single and three RBIs).Pinewood bounced back against Valley-Dublin on Thursday with a 10-4 victory. Leading the hit parade was Scheppler with three (and 15 Ks from the mound) and Ali Harvey with two. In Saturday's nonleague action, tough Menlo downed the Panthers 8-1.Although Pinewood couldn't crack Mercy during the regular season, it may get a shot at them in the Central Coast Section playoffs ­ if the Panthers qualify. Eustice said her team must win the rest of its league games (plus Saturday's nonleague meeting with Sacred Heart Prep) to contend for an at-large berth.

ADD SOFTBALL: In last weekend's Mission City Invitational, Los Altos (21-5 overall) beat Mitty 1-0 in the second round, but lost to Presentation 3-0 in the quarterfinals and again to Mitty 2-0 in the semis. Eagles Yma Garcia and Sabrina Quintero made the all-tournament team.Mountain View (17-6-1) also had a run-in with eventual Mission champ Presentation, losing 4-3. In league action last week, St. Francis got two hits apiece from Cindy Hirsch and Saskia Gazenbeek and strong pitching from Catherine Hallada to knock off Los Gatos 3-0. The Lancers are 3-3 in league.

GIRLS WATER POLO: St. Francis was the only local team to qualify for last week's Santa Clara Valley Athletic League playoffs. The Lancers downed Monta Vista 5-3 in the opening round on Wednesday, but lost to powerhouse Menlo-Atherton 12-4 the following day. Against Monta Vista, a strong defensive effort ­ led by goalie Sarah Wilhalm ­ pulled the Lancers through, said Coach Steve Yamamoto. St. Francis goal scorers included Crystal Melin (two), Ashley Scheel and Andrea Canning. But in the battle for third place ­ and a CCS playoff spot ­ Homestead beat St. Francis 6-4 on Friday, thus ending the Lancers' season with a 7-4 record.

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