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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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Heavy medal: Four St. Francis High athletes return from state as medalists

For Ben Sitler, the boys 3,200-meter run at the state track and field championships came down to class.

Dragging with about 300 yards to go and in jeopardy of falling to fourth place, the St. Francis High senior found his motivation.

"I saw Mikel Thomas coming up and I realized he was a junior," Sitler said. "So I kicked hard and beat him."

Sitler held on for third place, finishing Saturday's race in 9 minutes, 2.56 seconds. Thomas of Clovis High came in two seconds later.

The only junior Sitler couldn't beat was Royal's Michael Cybulski, the winner with an 8:53.77. El Camino senior AJ Acosta took second with an 8:59.15.

"If I kicked earlier, I might have beaten AJ," Sitler said.

Although nine seconds off his top time, Sitler said he was "pretty happy with it." The muggy conditions at Cerritos College in Orange County made it difficult for everyone, according to Sitler, noting that no one ran their best.

"It was hot and kind of windy," he said. "With the field we had - with a little better conditions - we could have had a really good day."

Princeton-bound Sitler said he was in "the chase pack" for much of the race, first following West Covina's Diego Mercado. But Mercado had to drop out on the fifth lap after twisting his ankle.

Cybulski took the lead, with

Sitler and Acosta following at an almost even pace. The heat got to Sitler with two laps left ("I was really feeling it," he said) and the Los Altos resident fell back until he was challenged by Thomas.

Sitler, who won the 3,200 and 1,600 at the Central Coast Section meet the previous week, has one more race to run. He has qualified for this weekend's Golden West Invitational in Folsom.

Sitler will have familiar company at the meet, just as he did at state. St. Francis sent eight other athletes to Southern California.

Junior Natasha Barthel placed second in the girls pole vault, clearing 12 feet, 9 inches. Fellow Lancer Taylor Franklin, a senior, came in seventh (11-9).

Junior Casey Roche was third in the boys pole vault with a 16-5, besting his CCS-winning mark by 3 inches. Teammate Ben Sheehan also made the finals of the event, but the senior no-heighted.

Senior Kyle Mills-Bunje was third in the long jump (23-8 3/4), helping the St. Francis boys finish eighth as a team (18 points).

St. Francis' other competitors did not get past Friday's preliminaries. Sela Paini was 15th in the girls discus (122-10); junior Andy Vargas (53-5 1/2) and senior David Wernick (51-2 3/4) were 15th and 20th, respectively, in the boys shot put; senior Sam Pompei was 16th in the boys 800 run (1:55.66); and sophomore Omar Bourgoub took 17th in the boys high jump (6-3).

The Lancers also had a team in the girls 4x400 relay, which finished 17th in the preliminaries (3:59.74). Los Altos High finished 19th (4:01.08) in that race.

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