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News

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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Town grateful for committee volunteers: From the Mayor’s Desk

Los Altos Hills recently celebrated the contributions of volunteers who serve the town. There is a strong sense of community fabric in Los Altos Hills made possible by the two commissions, 13 standing committees and several special appointments. These volunteers augment the terrific work that our town staff performs every day.

The most important consideration for our town is emergency preparedness, and we have several organizations that address this imperative. The Community Emergency Response Team, which now boasts 187 members, trains neighbors to help neighbors in the event of an emergency. The Los Altos Hills County Fire District provides tremendous support by training and funding the program, and the Emergency Communications Committee, comprising local ham radio experts, augments their work.

There are several other public safety initiatives in town, including the Traffic Safety Committee, which focuses on assessing and mitigating traffic problems.

The Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition has partnered with the committee to educate cyclists and drivers on the courtesy required to share the road safely.

The Pathways Committee contributes to public safety by providing safe passage for walkers, runners and equestrians on Los Altos Hills’ 90 miles of pathways.

We have several other committees that provide invaluable services to residents. The Open Space Committee conducts training on topics ranging from sudden oak death to mountain lion education. The Water Conservation Committee provides guidance on how to landscape with minimal water consumption.

The Environmental Initiatives Committee has done extensive work to increase the town’s use of renewable energy and conduct money-saving energy audits of high-energy-consuming homes.

Many are familiar with the work of the Planning Commission, which provides objective guidelines for new and remodeled home development that balances the rights of owners with the property values of the neighborhood. The Environmental Design and Protection Committee collaborates closely with the Planning Commission to provide guidance on landscaping plans.

The Parks and Recreation Committee may be one of the most visible committees in town – it organizes the Hoedown, the Pathways Run, the Hopping Hounds Easter Biscuit Hunt, the Holiday Barn Lighting, Los Altos Hills Family events and several other activities. The committee also partners with Hidden Villa and Deer Hollow Farm to organize activities for Los Altos Hills residents.

Our other commissions and committees – History, Education, Community Relations, Youth, Senior and Finance – all add value to the quality of life in Los Altos Hills. Be assured that the town is grateful for the work, energy and time all of our volunteers contribute.

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