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Police stress need for low speed in school zones

Police stress need for low speed in school zones


Town Crier File Photo
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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Local senior dancing all the way to 100

Photo Special To The Town Crier

Los Altos resident Regina Isbell, who enjoys line dancing, turns 100 on Sunday.

Regina Isbell turns 100 on Sunday, but the way she moves, you would never suspect it.

Especially when she line dances. Yes, line dances. Isbell faithfully arrives every Tuesday at the Los Altos Senior Center for her dance lessons, a weekly routine that goes back eight years.

"My motto is, ‘Keep on dancing,' said the active 99-year-old, a 55-year resident of Los Altos.

Isbell ascribes her longevity to "good genes," especially on her mother's side, where family members lived well into their 90s.

The native San Franciscan said she's always loved dancing.

"I've been dancing since I was (old) enough to put a record on my phonograph," Isbell said.

Still sharp, friendly and full of good humor, Isbell fondly remembers her youth, when she went dancing to Big Bands in San Francisco and Santa Cruz. When the Cocoanut Grove in Santa Cruz celebrated its 80th anniversary with a television advertisement, Isbell saw a photograph of dancers that looked familiar.

"Look, there, that's me," she said. "I went dancing every weekend."

She misses the dinner and dancing venues, along with such swinging bandleaders as Anson Weeks ("Come dancin' with Anson," she recalled the catch phrase), and yes, Lawrence Welk. She's still a bit disappointed in her local public television station for pulling Welk show reruns off the air.

She remains independent, living in the same North Los Altos neighborhood home she and her husband, Lawrence, moved into in 1954. Isbell has a knack for remembering details, like the 11 apricot trees that once occupied their backyard. She apparently has no need for a GPS, because she knows exactly what street is connected to another and which house or business is on that street. Until this year, when she could not pass the driver's exam due to poor vision, Isbell had been driving her own car.

She grew up in the Mission District and attended San Francisco State University. She worked as a teacher for 11 years before settling down to raise a family. Her son, Steven, in his 60s, visits her often and is planning a party for her birthday. Her neighbors also threw a party for her, as did the senior center.

"As long as I have my son and my three beautiful grandchildren, I feel lucky," Isbell said.

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