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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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Schola Cantorum performs free concert, Bach’s ‘Passion of the Christ’

Schola Cantorum and the Stanford Office for Religious Life have scheduled a performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “The St. Matthew Passion” 7 p.m. March 22 at Stanford Memorial Church on the Stanford University campus.

Schola Cantorum, the Mountain View-based choral ensemble, has waited nearly 50 years to bring Bach’s masterpiece to a Silicon Valley audience. Schola Cantorum Music Director Gregory Wait, head of vocal studies in Stanford’s Music Department, served as director of the Memorial Church Choir for many years.

According to Wait, “The St. Matthew Passion” tells the story of the days leading up to Christ’s crucifixion and subsequent resurrection.

“‘The Matthew Passion’ is the last one Bach wrote, and for it he pulled out all the stops – double chorus, double orchestra, six soloists, including a Jesus and a Matthew (the evangelist). It even has a boys’ choir singing chorale hymn-tunes in a couple of the movements,” he said.

When Schola Cantorum set out to prepare for the concert, Wait first divided the ensemble’s 100 members into two choruses so that they could perform their many roles – they provide commentary at the open and close of each half, they interject during arias and they sing the utterances of priests, soldiers, disciples and crowds.

To sing the parts of the leading characters, Schola engaged guest soloists, including tenor Brian Thorsett in the role of Matthew and Kenneth Goodson, baritone and Stanford professor of mechanical engineering, as Jesus. Los Altos Hills resident Christine Abraham, hailed for her “radiant” voice by the Los Angeles Times, will sing the soprano lead. The Silicon Valley Boychoir will join the performance under the direction of Julia Simon.

Performers will sing the “The St. Matthew Passion” in German. Wait said the original language is “so tightly and beautifully fit” to the music that much would be lost to hear it translated to English. A printed Listener’s Guide will enable audience to follow the action of the story.

Wait summed up the personal significance of “The St. Matthew Passion”: “It has for me, and for many people I know, an effect that is almost impossible to express. It has everything – it has emotion, it has drama, it has conflict and reconciliation, but most of all it has enormous, powerful beauty.”

Funding for Schola Cantorum’s presentation of “The St. Matthew Passion” comes from The John Ernest Foundation, whose mission is to promote the advancement of community-changing initiatives to achieve a more positive environment. The foundation sponsored the performance to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

To order tickets, call the Stanford Ticket Office at 725-2787.

For more information on Schola Cantorum, email Mary Powell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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