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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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Leadership in government begins early for Los Altos Hills Youth Commissioners


Photo By: COURTESY OF LAH YOUTH COMMISSION
Photo Courtesy Of Lah Youth Commission The Halloween Monster Bash Dance is among the events the Los Altos Hills Youth Commission organizes.

Although Leonardo Patmore-Zarcone, a junior at Los Altos High School, expresses frustration with the way some adult members of the community stereotype him and other youth, he said he feels empowered to change that perspective through his leadership as co-chairman of the Los Altos Hills Youth Commission.

After learning about the Youth Commission through his mother, Patmore-Zarcone applied and began serving in spring 2010. Created in 2009 to connect local youth, the 20-member commission advises the Community Relations Committee.

“I’ve gotten more into how government works since I joined the commission,” said Patmore-Zarcone. “I’m inspired to be more involved in the community.”

Like their adult counterparts on the town’s 14 standing committees and commissions, Youth Commission members are appointed after submitting an application and presenting a 1-2 minute speech before the council. Even though many can’t yet drive or vote, these young volunteer commissioners take their civic responsibilities seriously.

“You should try (to attend all meetings) or you’ll be a bit uninformed,” said A.J. Uppal, a seventh-grader who attends Bullis Charter School.

Uppal serves as one of three associate members and looks forward to joining his older sister, Sonia, on the commission when a seat opens.

“You can create things and be involved with innovation – not just go on the computer and get your brain moldy,” he said.

 

In addition to attending meetings twice a month, the 20-member Los Altos Hills Youth Commission organizes several events a year, including the Halloween Monster Bash and a movie night for junior high school students.

At last month’s town Hoedown, commissioners coordinated the children’s craft tables, operated the cider press and served popcorn and ice cream. The commission also volunteers at the annual Pathways Run and the Los Altos Hills Town Picnic.

“The community gives us so much,” said Youth Commissioner Sonia Uppal, a freshman at Los Altos High School. “It’s a great way to give back.”

In the next few weeks, the Youth Commission will finalize logistics for the Halloween Monster Bash Dance, scheduled 7-10 p.m. Oct. 27 at American Legion Hall No. 558, 347 First St., Los Altos. The commission has already hired a disc jockey and selected decorations. It is now coordinating details for the food and drinks they plan to serve to area high school students.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Sonia Uppal, who is eager to see the rewards of her event-planning skills. “You get to meet other high school students from all over the city.”

For more information, visit facebook.com/LAHYC/events.

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