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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.

Those interested ...

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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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Coping with the challenge of long-distance caregiving

We live in a very mobile society - family members don't always reside in the same town or state. In fact, according to the National Institute on Aging, nearly 7 million Americans are long-distance caregivers, most tending to aging parents who live more than an hour away.

It's only natural that adult children of seniors worry about their aging parents, especially if they are apart during the holidays.

Identifying strategies for long-distance caregiving makes the challenge of caring for aging parents or loved ones more manageable. Following are tips for long-distance caregiving.

• Establish support contacts in your aging parents' community. Make a list of family, friends and neighbors' phone numbers and addresses. Ask if you can check in with them to find out how your loved one is doing. They may also be willing to stop by for regular visits.

• Stay in touch with your parents. Keep in regular contact by phone, letter and e-mail. Record any changes you sense in his or her personality or ability to function day by day.

• Make observations during visits. When you are able to visit your parents, pay attention to changes in grooming, eating or social activities. Look for changes in how they manage money, clean, shop and get around.

• Keep track of important information. Find out where your parents keep important documents such as insurance policies, bank account numbers, investments, living wills and powers of attorney (for legal, financial and health-care purposes). It's also helpful to have a list of physicians your parents are seeing, any hospitals or clinics involved in their medical care and any medications they are taking.

• Look into professional help options. There are several options for aging parents who need additional assistance. Home caregiving agencies provide services such as companionship, meal preparation and light housekeeping to help seniors continue to live independently with the help of a caregiver.

• Identify community resources. Research local area agencies on aging, senior centers, churches, synagogues or other volunteer organizations about available resources for seniors. To locate the area agency on aging, individuals can call Eldercare Locator, a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging, at (800) 677-1116 or visit www.eldercare.gov.

• Involve your parent. Allow your parents to retain as much decision-making ability as possible. Remember that your primary objective is to help your relatives fulfill their needs, not to take over their lives. In some situations, when your loved one is unable to make decisions, you may need to do so on his/her behalf.

• Take time for yourself. Caregiving can take an emotional and physical toll on caregivers, especially when done long-distance. Make sure you are eating right, getting enough rest, exercising regularly and keeping up with your own medical needs.

Gene Lennon is owner of Right at Home, which offers in-home supportive care and personal-care assistance to seniors and disabled adults who want to continue to live independently. Right at Home's national office is based in Omaha, Neb., with franchise offices throughout the United States, including Santa Clara. For more information on Right at Home, visit the company's Web site at www.rightathome.net or the Santa Clara County office at www.santaclara.rightathome.net.

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