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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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Suggestions to help kids with eczema

Most children’s atopic dermatitis, often called eczema, does not have a clear cause, such as an allergy. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, research shows that most eczema will improve with good skin care.

“With eczema, the skin can become very dry, itchy and crack, which lets in germs that can cause skin infections,” said Amanda Friedrichs, M.D., FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist in private practice. “With treatment, the protective barrier of the skin can be restored. Good skin care can go a long way in helping the skin heal and prevent infection.”

To reduce the severity of and frequency of eczema flare-ups in children, the American Academy of Dermatology offers the following recommendations.

Bathing tips

• Bathe your child in warm – not hot – water.

• Limit your child’s time in the bath to five or 10 minutes.

• Use cleanser only when needed and make sure the cleanser is mild and fragrance-free. Do not use bubble bath.

• If your child’s eczema is frequently infected, twice-weekly bleach baths may be beneficial. Discuss this option with your child’s dermatologist.

• After bathing, gently pat your child’s skin partially dry.

• If your child has medicine that you apply to the skin, apply it when your child’s skin is almost dry and use the medicine as directed.

• Apply moisturizer on top of the medicine and to the rest of your child’s skin.

Moisturizer tips

• When selecting a moisturizer, consider choosing a thick cream or ointment.

• Some children do better with fragrance-free products, so consider petroleum jelly –an inexpensive, fragrance-free product that works well for many children.

• When selecting a product, trial-and-error sampling of different types may identify the best moisturizer for your child.

Skin-care tips

• For best results, apply moisturizer at least twice a day. This prevents dryness and cracking and can decrease the need for eczema medications.

• If your child has severe itching and scratching, ask a dermatologist about wet wrap therapy, which can reduce swelling and lessen the desire to scratch.

• Keep your child’s fingernails short and smooth. This decreases the likelihood that scratching will puncture the skin. Putting cotton gloves on your child’s hands at night may help prevent scratching during sleep.

• Keep temperature and humidity levels comfortable. Avoid situations in which the air is extremely dry, or where your child may sweat and overheat. This is the most common trigger of the itch/scratch cycle.

Clothes-washing tips

• Using a laundry detergent made for sensitive skin may be beneficial. Scented fabric softener or dryer sheets may contribute to irritation.

• Use only the recommended amount of detergent.

• Use enough water for adequate rinsing.

• Remove tags from clothing, because tags can rub against the skin, causing irritation.

• Wash your child’s new clothes before wearing. This will remove excess dyes and fabric finishers, which can irritate the skin.

To view the academy’s video “Eczema: Tips to Help Your Child Feel Better,” visit www.aad.org/skin-conditions/dermatology-a-to-z/atopic-dermatitis/tips/atopic-dermatitis-tips-for-managing.

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