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Police stress need for low speed in school zones

Police stress need for low speed in school zones


Town Crier File Photo
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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Police Blotter

Mtn. View police arrest cold-case murder suspect

Using DNA testing to resurrect a long-dormant murder investigation, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office identified a suspect in Saba Girmai’s murder. The 21-year-old woman was strangled and left in a supermarket dumpster in a shopping center on North Shoreline Boulevard in Mountain View in 1985. She was a resident of the San Jose area.

According to the Mountain View Police Department, no “significant leads” developed in the years that followed her death. But in 2010, the district attorney’s crime laboratory created a DNA profile from evidence on the victim’s fingernails allegedly identifying Daniel Garcia, now 53, of Fresno. He had not been previously linked to Girmai.

Mountain View police and the district attorney’s office began to reinvestigate the case. After interviewing Garcia, they charged and arrested him with Girmai’s murder Jan. 4.

“We never forget about unsolved murder cases and continuously seek out new technology and new leads to help us solve them,” Mountain View Police Chief Scott Vermeer said in announcing the arrest.

Holiday DUIs

Los Altos police made seven arrests for driving under the influence during a special enforcement period Dec. 14 to Jan. 2. The countywide “Avoid the 13” campaign brings together agencies to crack down on holiday-season drunken driving.

Lost and found

Jan. 5, 2:05 p.m., 201 Almond Ave.: A resident reported finding a calculator.

Theft

Jan. 6, 1700 block of Holt Ave.: A resident reported credit card fraud.

– Eliza Ridgeway

Sewer trouble

Jan. 5-6: Three additional residents called police about sewer backups. Winter rain caused sewer problems throughout town (see story on page 5). Bautista said residents call 911 to report sewer problems and police dispatchers transfer them to city hall.

Transit unrest

Jan. 6, 1:43 p.m., Showers Drive and El Camino Real: Los Altos police officers responded to a request for assistance when an unruly individual on a VTA bus acted up during a medical response on his or her behalf.

“It was fine by the time we got there,” Sgt. Mark Bautista reported.

Stolen vehicle recovered

Jan. 6, 1:07 p.m., 4290 El Camino Real: A routine check of license plate numbers revealed a car reported as stolen located at the Crowne Plaza Cabaña Hotel. The case was referred to Palo Alto police, as the hotel is in that city’s jurisdiction.

– Eliza Ridgeway

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