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Spooktacular moved indoors


Due to rain, today's downtown Los Altos Halloween activities have been moved to the indoor courtyard of Play! at 170 State St. Enter from the back on the parking lot side to participate in crafts, games and fun. Activities continue until 4 p.m.

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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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OBITUARIES FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 18

SHIPLEY, Angus M.,

During World War II he served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps at which time he met his future wife, Bernice Pollock, an Army nurse. They were married in 1944 in Kansas, and after discharge from the Army, moved to Colorado and then to Connecticut in 1946.

In Connecticut, he taught food processing technology at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. He began working as a sales engineer for the Cherry-Burrell Corporation in 1948. This job took him to many parts of the country and world. The family moved to Reading, Massachusetts in 1956 and, in 1958, to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In 1966 the family made a final move to Los Altos. In 1974 he began work for the Paul Mueller Company. As part of this job he sold stainless steel tanks to many of the wineries in California and Washington State and he became an authority on California wines. He retired from the Paul Mueller Company in 1992 but continued on as a consultant until 1996.

He was a warm and loving father and always made time for his family. They are very grateful to have had him with them for so many years and will miss him very much. His daughters Susan Smalheer and Elizabeth Moses and his son Donald survive him. Also his sons-in-law Bruce Smalheer and John Moses and his grandchildren Sarah, Michael, and Amy Smalheer and Adam and Peter Moses.

A memorial service will occur in Falls Church on June 21. Flowers may be sent to 1107 Jackson Court, Falls Church, VA 22046.

SIMONS, Mary L.,

She was born in Algona, WA July 26, 1915. Mary was a Mtn. View resident with her husband Wilbur where they resided for the remainder of their lives. Mary was a sweet, loving and caring wife and mother, a great friend and sister, loved by everyone who knew her. She will be sorely missed. She is survived by her son William of Olalla, WA, his daugher Patricia of Mtn. View, two sisters Peggy Elliott of Shoreline, WA and Ellie Kesel of Venice, FL, 2 grandchildren

Samantha and Kristofer, several nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at Union Presbyterian Church, 858 University Ave., Los Altos of which they were both members, June 25, 2003 at 1:30 PM.

Donations to San Andreas Regional Center Client Donation Fund (which works with the handicapped) P. O. Box 50002, San Jose, CA 95150.

Arrangements under the direction of the Los Altos Chapel of Spangler Mortuaries.

WILLIAMSON, Ruth Elizabeth,

Memorial services were held at Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley on June 16, 2003.

Arrangements under the direction of the Los Altos Chapel of Spangler Mortuaries, 399 So. San Antonio Road, Los Altos, CA.

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