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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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CHARLES M. ”MICKEY” JONES


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Long-time Los Altos resident Mickey Jones passed away after cardiac arrest on July 7, 2012. He was born in 1923 in Chicago, and spent his childhood in Texas and Colorado. His father Harold (an auto mechanic and inventor) told Mickey he could have a Model T Ford if he could take it apart and put it back together successfully, which he did. After the family moved to California, he attended Vallejo High School in Vallejo, and when the US entered WWII, he joined the Army Air Force. After 4 years of service, he went on to Heald’s Engineering School in San Francisco, and became an airplane mechanic for Transocean Airlines in Oakland. He was called again

for active duty in the Korean War, 1951-52. He met Julia Hanson in the USAF, and they married in 1952. They moved to Seattle where Mickey worked for Boeing Aircraft. In 1955 he took delivery of a brand new Jaguar XK140 roadster, which he drove to work every day, and he and Julie took on rallies, hill climbs, and road races.

In 1960 they moved to Los Altos and both started work at Lockheed Missiles and Space Co., in Sunnyvale, where Mickey retired as Senior Design Engineer (Mechanical) in 1989. He was very active for 50 years in the local Jaguar club, and restored his Jaguar in 1991. They exhibited it at many car shows and won several First Place awards. Julie passed away in 2003.

Mickey went on to drive in several California Milles, the 1000-mile road rally that was inspired by the Italian Mille Miglia, put on by the late Martin Swig. Mickey loved animals, especially cats, and was a true gentleman with a sparkle in his blue Irish eyes. After a stroke in 2010, he stayed in Mountain View Healthcare Center, and still enjoyed a good game of poker. Those of us who knew Mickey will miss his upbeat personality, generosity, and quick smile. He is survived by a niece, Anne Fessler, and three nephews, Joe Hochanadel, Mike Hochanadel and Jim Hoke. Charitable donations in his memory may be made to El Camino Hospital Foundation.

There will be a Celebration of Mickey’s Life on Sunday August 5, at 2:00 PM at Main Street Café and Books (where his old car buddies still meet every Saturday morning), 134 Main Street, Los Altos.

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