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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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Couple $17 million richer

Los Altos residents are big SuperLotto winners

Los Altos resident Lynn Bell was home alone Saturday when she checked her SuperLotto numbers against the winning numbers in the newspaper.

She couldn't believe it when she discovered she and her husband Rick held the winning combination worth $17 million.

Lynn screamed so loudly that the family dog became frightened and hid.

She waited for her husband to come home.

When she heard the garage door open, Lynn ran outside and waved the winning ticket.

Rick couldn't believe it.

"Read it and weep," Lynn told him. And he did.

This makes the Bells California's newest SuperLotto millionaires and the first Los Altos residents ever to claim a SuperLotto jackpot prize, said Gina Stassi, a spokeswoman from California Lottery headquarters in Sacramento.

Each year, for the next 20 years, the Bells will receive $850,000 per year, which is a net payment of $612,000 per year.

Just a few days earlier the Bells had been discussing business. Lynn said to Rick, "The dream can be ours. We just have to have faith."

She had no idea their Lottery win was imminent, but she did believe that good fortune was in their future.

The Bells said they have no immediate plans for the winnings and would like to take the time needed to make decisions.

"We'll just enjoy the summer and go from there," Rick said.

The Bells bought their winning ticket in Los Altos at Jerry's Liquor and Deli at 398 S. San Antonio Road.

Joe and Shahr Mardini have owned the business for almost 10 years and say this is the first time they have ever sold a winning ticket.

"I'm the one," said Joe Mardindi who owns Jerry's with his wife, Shahr. "I sold the ticket.

"A lot of people come and say - 'hey - this is a lucky place.' And they buy a (SuperLotto) ticket. Even the TV people (from Channel 11) bought tickets."

The Mardinis, who live in Mountain View, have been married for 17 years and have three children, 15, 11 and 7.

For selling the winning ticket, they receive one half of one percent which is $85,000, Stassi said.

"It'll go for my kids' education," Mardini said. He expects the check to come in four to six weeks, in one payment.

The Mardinis were unable to go to San Jose for the 1 p.m. press conference on Monday when the winners were announced. They couldn't leave their deli. But their phone is ringing and the store is filling with people who want to feel lucky, too.

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