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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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Alpaca at Almond School adds up to fundraising success


Photo By: Diego Abeloos/Town Crier
Photo Diego Abeloos/Town Crier

Almond School Principal Nancy Davis cozies up to an alpaca named Baby. Fulfilling a promise to students, Davis kissed Baby to mark their fundraising success.

Continuing an eight-year Almond School tradition, students spent three weeks in March donating spare change to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Pennies for Patients” fundraiser.

The campaign raised $8,379, which when combined with matching funds from an anonymous donor resulted in a total donation of $16,758.

Almond was the top fundraising school in the Bay Area this year and set an all-time “Pennies for Patients” record in the Bay Area.

As promised for topping the 2012 fundraising total, Principal Nancy Davis and teacher Pam Sanderson kissed an alpaca at the school’s weekly assembly. The alpaca, named Baby, was on loan for the occasion from the Little Explorers Mobile Petting Zoo.

Coordinated by the school’s student council, students employed numerous creative fundraising strategies and incentive programs to best last year’s efforts.

In the past couple of years, Almond has had two students diagnosed with leukemia, according to teacher Sarah Hall.

Hall said the campaign really hit home for students.

“We raised over $7,000 last year. We raised the bar this year to raise at least $7,500,” she said. “With the incentive of the anonymous parent donor, the students were very motivated and rose to the challenge. They have proved to the community that no matter what age, we are all empowered to make a difference. The students are very proud, we are very proud.”

Davis said the project proved a valuable experience for students.

“It taught them that they can make an important difference in the lives of others,” she said. “It is gratifying that our students’ efforts are benefiting an outstanding organization like The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.”

“Pennies for Patients” is among the society’s slate of national School & Youth Programs that raise funds to find cures for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma and to provide information and support services to patients and their families.

For more information, visit www.schoolandyouth.org.

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