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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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WILLIAM E. SHINE


January 16, 1921 – June 30, 2013

Long time Los Altos resident, William E. Shine, died peacefully on June 30, 2013 at the age of 92 in Napa, California. Los Altos was his home for most of his life having raised his family there, as well as having had an office downtown where he was a stockbroker. The oldest of six children, Bill was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, graduated from Cathedral Catholic High School, and spent his childhood and teenage years there until his country called on him to serve.

Bill enlisted in the Army in 1942 and was deployed to the European theater in July 1944. Sergeant Shine was a surgical technician in the Company B 305th Medical Battalion and served with General Pat

ton’s Third Army in England and France. He was wounded in October 1944 near Metz, France and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. After months of convalescence in Ohio, Bill was honorably discharged in July 1945 and remained a hundred percent disabled veteran his entire life.

Bill was a graduate of the University of Notre Dame attending the university after WWII. Not

long after graduating Bill married Joan Baltz, also of Indianapolis, in February 1950. He had first seen California before the war while traveling with a friend and loved what he saw. Utilizing his sales skills, he convinced his young wife to move west with their first child. They settled in Los Altos in 1952 the year of the city’s incorporation. Bill and his wife, Joan, raised five children in Los Altos all of whom graduated from Los Altos High School between 1969 and 1977.

In 1981 Bill was the recipient of the Los Altos Board of Realtors’ Community Service Award and honored for his many civic activities including organizing the 1976 Bicentennial Parade celebrating the nation’s 200th birthday, and for leading the fund-raising drive for the fountain and redwood deck at the library as a 25th anniversary present for the city from the local citizenry. In 1979 Bill was fundamental in establishing the Music in the Air concerts presented by the music departments at Foothill College, Los Altos and then Awalt High Schools. When he received the award Shine was interviewed by the Town Crier and asked about his motivation for devoting so much time to community projects. He said then “If you have to think why, you’re in trouble. You do something for someone you love. I really love this city”. Bill lived in several other California cities after he retired, but Los Altos always held a special place in his heart.

Other than his love of all things Notre Dame, Bill was passionate about music and sports. As a boy he sang with choral groups and regularly sang soprano solos at Easter Sunday services in Indianapolis. He sang tenor in college and as a longtime member of the St. Williams Catholic Church choir. He also belonged to a barber shop quartet. Bill coached Little League teams before his sons were old enough and after they were through, and when

the major league Giants baseball team moved west from New York, Bill bought season tickets their first year at Candlestick Park in 1960. His children and grandchildren continue to enjoy those seats today.

Bill was preceded in death by his youngest child Monica Brooks, his parents Vaneta and William, his sister Rita, two brothers Donald and Patrick, and former wife, Betty. He is survived by the mother of his children, Joan Shine (Mountain View, CA), two daughters Joan Jones (Santa Clara, CA) and Theresa Swilley (Oakdale, CA), two sons William Shine, Jr. (Mountain View, CA) and Damian Shine (Alpharetta, GA), eight grandchildren, his brother Robert (Corvallis, OR) and his sister Mary (Indianapolis, IN). A memorial is scheduled for Monday, July 22nd at the Golden Gate National Cemetery Chapel in San Bruno, CA at 2:00pm.

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