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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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MVHS honors retiring music director


Photo By: Courtesy of Mary Feliz
Photo Courtesy Of Mary Feliz

After 35 years as Mountain View High’s music director, Robin Kramer will retire this month. Current and former students and colleagues have scheduled a number of events in her honor.

Robin Kramer, Mountain View High School’s first female music director, plans to retire May 31 after more than three decades on the job. Alumni, current students, colleagues and co-workers have scheduled a series of events to honor her contributions to music, education and the community.

Kramer, who began her career at Mountain View High in 1978, founded the marching band, established the orchestral music program and built a department that today comprises 11 instrumental music classes.

The following three events are slated to mark Kramer’s retirement.

• Jazz Festival in the Quad, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Mountain View High, 3535 Truman Ave. Community and alumni musicians from Awalt and Mountain View high schools are invited to attend and play at 3 p.m. alongside current students under Kramer’s direction.

• Spring Instrumental Concert, 7 p.m. May 23 at Foothill College’s Smithwick Theatre, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Awalt and Mountain View High alumni are invited to join current students in Mountain View High’s music department at the conclusion of the concert for an encore in Kramer’s honor. Admission is free. For more information, email Elaine Bernard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Open House, 2-5 p.m. June 29 at the home of Janet and Bob Trabucco, 1300 Ranchita Drive, Los Altos. Alumni, colleagues and students are invited to celebrate Kramer’s retirement.

Many current and former students credit Kramer with inspiring them not only musically, but also in their personal and professional lives.

“Without music and Robin Kramer, I would have very likely dropped out of high school,” said Michael Feliz, Class of 2011, now a student at University of the Pacific double majoring in computer science and computer engineering. “Robin treats all her students like the adults and leaders she believes we will become. She gave us responsibilities and trust that taught us to be responsible and trustworthy.”

Twin brothers Dave and James Codeglia, Class of 1999, agreed. Now working at Bad Robot Productions and their own production company, Ghostlight, the filmmakers said the skills they learned from Kramer are essential to their work.

“Combining music and visuals requires an understanding of rhythm, phrasing and theory, all of which we learned at Mountain View High School with Robin,” they said. “But Robin’s real strength isn’t just teaching, it’s in the warm and loving atmosphere she creates in her classroom. She truly changed our lives, and we wouldn’t be surprised if she saved the lives of more than a few students over the years.”

Eleanor Gerrior, a sophomore at Mountain View High, plays three instruments in three different bands and credits her interest in music to a preschool field trip to Kramer’s classroom in 2001, when she was allowed to conduct the high school’s Wind Ensemble.

“Robin always makes me feel good about myself and about music,” Gerrior said.

Kramer’s admirers extend beyond her students. She frequently receives kudos from parents, neighbors, colleagues and the community at large. In March, the Wind Ensemble received Command Performance recognition at the Pacific Rim Music Festival and performed at the historical Hawaii Theater in Honolulu. Two other Mountain View High music ensembles, the Chamber Orchestra led by Jason Kneebone and the A Cappella Choir led by Jill Denny, received similar recognition.

The Disney American Teacher Award for Performing Arts in 1992 is among the many professional awards Kramer has earned during her tenure.

For more information, email Mary Feliz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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