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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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Mr. 'Rock 'n' Roll Hoochie Koo' to play Los Altos Bar & Grill

What venue would a 1970s chart-topping rock guitarist like Rick Derringer choose to play to celebrate his 50th birthday?

Why, the Los Altos Bar & Grill, of course.

Derringer, whose claim to rock 'n' roll fame includes such hits as "Hang On Sloopy" and "Rock 'n' Roll Hoochie Koo," is scheduled to play 8:30-11 p.m. this coming Tuesday, Aug. 5.

He first gained popularity at 16, with his band, the McCoys, and their hit record, "Hang On Sloppy" in the summer of 1965.

Immediately following the demise of the McCoys in 1969, Derringer merged his talents with albino blues rocker, Johnny Winter.

It was the beginning of a long association with both Johnny and Edgar Winter as singer, player, songwriter, and producer (he's produced every Gold or Platinum recording that they've made).

Derringer's first solo album, "All American Boy" was released in 1973 and included the definitive version of his best-known song, "Rock 'n' Roll Hoochie Koo."

In the same year, Derringer was again included as guitarist/writer and producer of Johnny Winter's "Still Alive and Well," and as player/producer of Edgar's biggest hit album, "They Only Come Out At Night," featuring the No. 1, Grammy-nominated hit, "Frankenstein."

Derringer went solo again in 1976 with Derringer Band, a group which included throughout several incarnations, then unknown musicians Neil Geraldo and Myron Grumbacher, who went ahead to become famous with Pat Benatar.

During the 1980s he worked with and wrote for a variety of performers, from Barbra Streisand to Weird Al Yankovic.

Derringer has returned to performing blues in the 1990s. His latest release, "Electra Blues," stays true to the blues tradition and runs the gamut from grinding slow blues to steaming shuffles.

His next CD, called "Tend the Fire," is already out in Europe.

Tickets are $15. The Los Altos Bar & Grill is located at 169 Main St., Los Altos.

For tickets, call 948-4332.

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