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Police stress need for low speed in school zones

Police stress need for low speed in school zones


Town Crier File Photo
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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Two local students among the finalists for CIF award

Gabe Garcia of St. Francis High and Sean Williams of Los Altos High were among the 12 boys finalists for the spring California Interscholastic Federation Sportsmanship/Citizenship Award.

Jeremiah Fillo of Downieville was selected as the winner of the boys' award. Fillo and girls' winner Elizabeth Schunk of Novato were honored May 7 at the State CIF Federated Council dinner.

Selecting the winners wasn't easy, however, according to CIF executive director Jack Hayes.

"This is a most impressive group of young students," Hayes said. "They are an integral part of what sport is all about - fair play, integrity and respect for teammates, coaches, officials and opponents."

Garcia and Williams, both seniors, made the finalist list for their work on and off the playing field.

Garcia has competed in football, wrestling and baseball at St. Francis and also found the time to coach a youth baseball camp at Stanford University. He also has volunteered at San Mateo Convalescent Hospital, Samaritan House and Habitat for Humanity. In addition, Garcia is an Eagle Scout and organized, supervised and worked with a group of scouts to renovate a city park in San Mateo. For his work, Garcia received a commendation from the San Mateo City Council.

"Gabe's most visible mark is in the area of leadership," St. Francis guidance counselor Tom Tuite wrote in a letter to the CIF. "His style is not outgoing or flamboyant. The quality he possesses is quiet charisma. He has a presence that others respect. This can be seen in the classroom, in student government and in athletics."

Williams, the captain of both his high school cross country and track and field team, serves as the Associated Student Body (ASB) vice president at Los Altos. He is the vice president and co-founder of the school's Alcohol and Drug Free Club and was head of the homecoming parade committee. Williams also was in charge of the 1998 freshmen orientation.

"He is always the first to introduce himself to new runners and to help them meet everyone on the team, both in practice and during the school day," Los Altos cross country coach Margaret Bennett wrote in her letter to the CIF. "It was his idea to institute our team's 'take a runner to lunch' day where upperclassmen host freshmen and new runners for lunch. In every team meeting he gives fresh words of encouragement and positive feedback to his teammates."

The CIF Sportsmanship/Citizenship Award was established this school year and the first winners were selected last fall. Nominations are made by CIF member high schools.

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