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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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Schools Briefs

Kindergarten information

Parents of preschool children who will be attending kindergarten in the Los Altos School District in the fall 1998 are invited to attend an informational meeting at 7:30 p.m. on either Jan. 22 or Jan. 27 at Almond School's multipurpose room, 550 Almond Ave. in Los Altos.

Teachers and school district administrators will make presentations and hand out information.

To be eligible for the district's 98-99 kindergarten program, children must be five years old on or before Dec. 2, 1998.

They must also reside within the boundaries of the Los Altos School District. Student pre-registration will begin at all six Los Altos elementary schools at 7 a.m. Feb. 5.

Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention

December was named Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month by various community groups to educate residents about the dangers of drinking and driving and to provide solutions. Last year 103 teens in California were killed in alcohol-related crashes. For more information about how to ensure your teen will drive responsibly at all times, call (916) 444-8014, or visit the Office of Safety web site at www.ots.org/ots

Motorist warnings

Motorists will need to use extra caution when approaching a school bus as a result of new legislation that will go into effect tomorrow. According to the new law, bus drivers will be required to activate the flashing red lights at every location, whether or not children will be crossing the roadway, requiring motorists to stop.

Volunteer readers

Volunteers are needed to assist local second graders with reading and writing activities for six Tuesday mornings. With a ratio of two students per volunteer, children and volunteers will together make a journal of "Life in the Second Grade." Training will be provided by Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School. For more information, please call Linda at 940-6024.

Winter classes at Foothill

Winter classes at Foothill College start Jan. 5 and continue through March 27. Students of all ages and skill levels can enroll in the more than 1,000 courses being offered, including language arts, business science, biological and health sciences, and computer, technology and information systems.

Late registration can be made in person today and Thursday in the Admissions and Records Office.

For more information, call 949-7005.

Holiday giving

Students at Woodside Priory measured, cut and stitched handmade polar fleece blankets to be distributed throughout the winter to needy families and their newborn babies at Stanford Hospital.

Through the nonprofit organization "Thear," students also adopted two needy families for Christmas by giving them gifts specified on tags from a "giving tree."

LAHS graduates

Los Altos High School alumni are looking for the current names, addresses and phone numbers for students from all class years for the creation of the first alumni directory. For more information, contact Harris Publishing by calling 1-800-733-8859 or fax information to 1-800-238-8332. You many also send information to Los Altos Alumni Directory Project, c/0 Bernard C. Harris Publishing Company, 313 E. Anderson Lane, Suite 300, Austin, Texas 78752.

Scholarship information

Students can find information on how to receive academic funding and scholarships for college through the National Academic Funding Advisory's updated 1998 publication. To order a copy, send a No. 10 self-addressed, double-stamped envelope plus $2 to cover handling to the National Academic Funding Advisory, 188 Summer ST. Dept. M1, Portsmouth, NH 03801.

El Camino scholarships

The El Camino Hospital Foundation has several scholarships available for the 1998-99 academic year for students enrolled or planning to enroll in health professional programs.

For more information or to obtain an application, call the El Camino Hospital Foundation office at 940-7154. Applications are due by Jan. 31, 1998.

Hospital Auxiliary scholarships

The El Camino Hospital Auxiliary is currently taking applications for health professional scholarships.

Applicants must be permanent residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Sunnyvale or Cupertino, who are enrolled or will be enrolling as full-time students (12 units or more) at an accredited California college or university. They must be enrolled in one of the following fields of study: clinical laboratory technology, diagnostic imaging, dietitian, nuclear medicine technology, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, pharmacy technology, physical therapy or physical therapy assistant, radiation therapy, radiological technology or respiratory therapy.

Deadline for completed applications is Feb. 28, 1998. For an application, write to Scholarship Committee, El Camino Hospital Auxiliary, P.O. Box 7025, Mountain View 94039-7025, or call 940-7214.

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