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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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Letters to the Editor

Customer service tops in Los Altos

Even though I’m a resident of Mountain View, I love shopping in downtown Los Altos.

Why? Where else do you find excellent customer service?

Recently, I placed an order for a Colonial candle with the owner of Cranberry Scoop. First, she let me know she had just placed an order and would check to see if my candle could be added in this order. Wanting to ensure that the correct candle was ordered (Sparkle or Sparkling Snowflake), I received a voicemail message saying I could respond on their after-hours answering machine.

Within days, Cranberry Scoop called to say my candle was in. She also remembered I would be shipping the candle and left it in the box. This is only one example of the type of customer service one will encounter while shopping in downtown Los Altos.

Thanks to all the friendly, courteous and caring business owners. I appreciate your faithful service to our community.

Sue Seubert

Mountain View

‘Fiscal cliff’ food for thought

When there is less food on the table, everybody’s table manners change: note Greece. Currently, it’s our employee Uncle Sam who is overweight and lives beyond his means. We, as his employer, must provide the necessary medical prescriptions to correct his obesity and excessive buying habits with the credit card.

First, our companies have some $1 trillion kept overseas. They will not bring it in with a 35 percent tax. Allow them to bring in the money, tax free. But they must use 10 to 20 percent to buy U.S. bonds at 1 to 2 percent below what we sell to China. Likewise, all the federal, state and local unions must also buy bonds at the same rates. Results: $800 billion to $900 billion in private stimulus. Unlike the government stimulus, private capital would increase employment, revenues to the government and profits.

Second, Uncle Sam must be put on a diet with 10 percent fewer calories. Next, freeze expenditures over the next two to five years.

Third, Social Security adjustment must be addressed. It is necessary to have all earned income be available to the Social Security fund. Begin Social Security at age 67.

Finally, public unions must be regulated. Fifty-year-olds are obtaining increased retirement benefits with the ability to double dip. This removes food from the table.

Bon appetit.

John Nicholson, M.D.

Los Altos

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