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News

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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News Briefs

Petition calls for end to facilities litigation

The Huttlinger Alliance for Education, a nonprofit group concerned with local public education, began to distribute an online petition last week that calls for the end of litigation between the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School over facilities.

The school district and charter school, amid five active cases of litigation, have been at odds for years over whether Bullis has received the sufficient facilities from the district.

“Ten years of facilities litigation has clearly been a waste of time and money without producing a satisfactory solution,” states the Alliance’s letter introducing the petition. “It is time for other community members to step in and actively help to solve this deepening crisis by creatively working together to find a suitable solution for Bullis Charter School without losing a neighborhood school. We encourage all citizens to ask both their civic and school leaders to work together to stop litigation and put our tax dollars back to work educating all of our children.”

The petition asks for a full name – whether the signee lives inside or outside Los Altos School District boundaries – and whether they are a neutral voice, district supporter or charter school supporter.

As of the Town Crier’s Monday press deadline, the petition had garnered 550 signatures.

To view the petition, visit http://huttlingeralliance.wufoo.com/forms/regarding-bcs-vs-lasd-litigation-i-believe/.

– Traci Newell

Police seek donations for Special Olympics

Several members of the Los Altos Police Department are strapping on their running shoes once again to run through town carrying the Special Olympics torch this year.

The department is scheduled to participate in the annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run through Santa Clara County June 20 and seeks donations on its team site to help the cause. The regional law enforcement run is the largest fundraising event benefiting the Special Olympics and its athletes.

According to police, this year’s run will begin in the South Bay and reach Los Altos in the afternoon, where police department members will take the torch handoff and head toward the city’s shared border with Palo Alto.

To donate and for more information, email Los Altos Police dispatcher Tracie DeLira at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

– Diego Abeloos

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