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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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Wildfire Awareness Week gives wake-up call for LAH

Despite the recent less-than-sunny weather, the hot, dry season is right around the corner. And that means fire risk.

This week is state Wildfire Awareness Week, a reminder for residents, particularly those in Los Altos Hills, to cut back drying brush and other fire hazards around their properties if they haven’t already done so.

Between Los Altos Hills County Fire District services, classes and Web site information, residents have little excuse not to prepare. The fire district, which encompasses the town and surrounding unincorporated areas, offers a brush-chipping program twice a year, during which crews will pick up brush and tree branch cuttings. The district staffs a garden debris drop-off program at Foothill College the third Saturday of every month.

In addition, district officials have a dead pine-tree removal program in place (more than 500 trees removed thus far), and they plan to begin a eucalyptus tree program this summer in areas west of Interstate 280.

Stuart Farwell, a district fire protection consultant who has been involved in firefighting for more than 50 years, said eucalyptus trees in the hills were responsible for the devastating 1985 Los Altos Hills fire that gutted between 12 and 14 homes. Although summer weather conditions in the hills are not as conducive to big blazes as they are in other areas, Farwell noted the 1985 fire, which burned down approximately 12 homes, serves as a reminder for residents to take precautions.

A Santa Clara County weed abatement program requires homeowners to clear brush, vegetation and dry grass at least 30 feet away from structures. Houses with yard slopes exceeding 20 percent on the downhill side of the structure require 100 feet of clearance to provide what firefighters refer to as "defensible space." Property inspections were scheduled in April.

The fire district, formed in 1939, contracts with the Santa Clara County Fire Department to respond to fires and emergencies in Los Altos Hills. It contracts with experts in the installation and maintenance of water pipeline systems and installation of fire hydrants.

In addition to brush-clearing services, the district provides education through emergency-preparedness classes.

"Our intent is to give back to the taxpayer and increase the level of fire protection," Farwell said.

For more information, visit www.lahcfd.org.

Contact Bruce Barton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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