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Spooktacular moved indoors


Due to rain, today's downtown Los Altos Halloween activities have been moved to the indoor courtyard of Play! at 170 State St. Enter from the back on the parking lot side to participate in crafts, games and fun. Activities continue until 4 p.m.

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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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ALFRED L. PLOETZ

Alfred Ploetz died 5/21/2013 of lymphoma at age 92 in Papillion, NE. He was born in 1920 in West Valley, NY. He was the son of Elmer and Hattie Schultz Ploetz, both deceased. He was also preceded in death by two younger brothers, Leroy and Gordon. He is survived by his wife, Grace, children and spouses: Larry of Newark, CA; Kathy Newcomb of Papillion, NE; Linda Kronenfeld of Oro Valley, AZ; and stepson, Bruce Dudley Ploetz; five grandsons, Andrew, Benjamin, and Garin Newcomb, Michael and Jason D Kronenfeld; and a nephew, Tom Ploetz of Yorkshire, NY.

After graduating from high school in West Valley, NY, he attended Alfred University and graduated with a degree in engineering. Following graduation, he worked as a machinist, having three deferments from military service. He went into the army in 1944 and served with a unit of port engineers in Antwerp, Belgium, the mission of which was to put the port in operation as a supply port for the advance of American troops into Germany. His unit was the first support troop into Antwerp following the liberation of that city. Another function of the unit was to repair landing craft for the anticipation of crossing of the Rhine when boat crossing became unnecessary when the retreating German Armies neglected to blow the Remagen Bridge.

Following his discharge with rank of Sgt. from military service, he joined the US Geological Survey in Sacramento, CA. in 1946 which later headquartered in Menlo Park, CA. He held titles of Civil Engineer, Topographic Engineer, and Cartographer doing topographic surveys in the seven western states, working in field surveys, office photogrametry and cartography.

In 1955, he met and married his beloved wife, a widow, Grace Warwick Dudley. After 34 years with USGS, he retired in 1980 and remained in Mtn. View, CA where he had lived since 1959, until 2001 when he moved to Papillion, NE. Following retirement he worked as a tax preparer for H&R Block for ten years, took the professional exam for enrolled agent IRS for which he was licensed to represent clients before the IRS. After leaving Block, he did volunteer work, preparing tax returns at the senior center in Mountain View, CA.

Burial was in West Valley, NY. on May 31.

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