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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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Family fun in the Hills

Socially Speaking

Mark your calendar: Invitations haven't gone out yet, but Los Altos Hills residents should circle Sunday, May 31. From 2-5 p.m., the town will sponsor a wonderful family picnic day at the Los Altos Hills Little League field. This will be a fun day to meet and greet your Hills neighbors. Los Altos Hills resident Kathy Perga, who is on the planning committee for this afternoon event, said there will be a "make your own ice cream sundae" booth, music and games for the family.

Going places: If you weren't at the 11th annual Junior League of Palo AltoMid Peninsula fashion show recently held at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, you missed a great party. Board member Mary Johnson of Los Altos marveled at the professionalism of the models for both the luncheon and black-tie dinner extravaganza. "Water in the dining tent and even a short electrical power outage during the evening fashion show couldn't dampen the spirits of the models and the party-goers," she said. "Everyone was dazzled by the food, fashions and entertainment. The evening was a success, and I'm sure we're on target for raising our goal of $175,000 for community projects."

Singled out: A special honor was bestowed upon Los Altos resident Sandy Arton by Peninsula Children's Center Charter Auxiliary as Volunteer of the Year Award. Sandy has been a member of the auxiliary, which raises funds and serves children with autism and development difficulties, since 1991. Her reason for joining and continuing to volunteer? "It's the children," she said. "I can't think of a better way to spend my time."

Speaking of single: The Spinsters of San Francisco held their annual mother-daughter luncheon at The Clift in San Francisco on April 4. Jennifer Carmichael, former Los Altos resident and daughter of Arthur and Jean Carmichael (former mayor of Los Altos) was one of the lucky members on the planning committee for the event and participated in a special "tasting" to decide the final menu. Founded in 1929, this group of young, single, college educated women has evolved into a community-oriented social and philanthropic organization of more than 175 from all

Heard about a great party? Have a funny story to tell? A celebrity sighting or any other good scoop? Let me know by writing to "Socially Speaking" at the Town Crier, 138 Main St., Los Altos 94022, or by calling or faxing 949-4207.

"Socially Speaking" appears the first and third weeks of the month.

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