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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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Local audiologist debuts 3-D hearing aid


Photo By: Courtesy of Pacific Hearing Service
Photo Courtesy Of Pacific Hearing Service

Pacific Hearing Service audiologists will unveil the Oticon Alta advanced hearing aid March 5 and 6.

Pacific Hearing Service has introduced a new discreet hearing device that can deliver personalized sound experiences. The Los Altos-based business is scheduled to unveil the new Oticon Alta and other advanced hearing aids March 5 and 6 at its offices at 496 First St., Suite 120.

“Most people assume that when it comes to sound quality, people with hearing difficulties prefer louder,” said Dr. Deborah Clark, co-owner and clinical audiologist at Pacific Hearing Service. “In fact, those with hearing loss, like most people, have a wide range of preferences for what sounds best to them.”

According to Clark, the way people experience sound is as individual as a fingerprint.

“We all have our own hearing preferences,” she said. “It has to do with how the individual brain ‘hears.’ This uniqueness is especially important to anyone coping with hearing loss. The traditional one-sound-fits-all designs are not very satisfying. Now there are many better options.”

The Oticon Alta is vastly different from previous hearing aids that assumed the same setting would satisfy everyone, Clark said. The new hearing device works in harmony with the user’s brain so that users can differentiate sounds and hear more clearly, even when they move from one difficult listening situation to another.

The improved technology enables Oticon Alta users to join in conversations more easily – even in noisy environments, like restaurants, when a number of people are talking at the same time combined with the background of the clatter of dishes and other conversations. Because Alta users hear in 3-D, they have an improved capability to follow conversations coming from different directions. The device adjusts automatically as its user turns from one conversation to another.

“We use sound samples and questions about personal preferences to help our patients choose the sound quality that is most clear and pleasant to them,” Clark said. “This allows us to customize the hearing aid settings for each individual.”

Invitations to the event are available to all interested parties.

For invitations and more information, call 941-0664 or visit www.PacificHearingService.com.

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