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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


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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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Beer meets grill: Summer pairings offer flavorful versatility


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Photo Courtesy Of Derek Grilled T-bone steak, benefits from the nuances of an aged ale. Wolfgram

The wide range of beer styles and flavor profiles creates plentiful opportunities for food pairing.

In fact, Garrett Oliver, brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewing and author of “The Brewmaster’s Table” (Ecco, 2003), suggests that beer is even more versatile than wine for pairing with main courses, cheeses or even desserts.

In the summertime, enjoying dinner fresh off the grill with locally brewed beers is one of my favorite meals. Following are a few combinations you may enjoy.

Hawaiian teriyaki chicken kabobs, paired with Knee Deep Brewing Citra Extra Pale Ale (based in Lincoln)

Citra Extra Pale Ale packs an intense, fruity punch of hop flavor and aroma, without the extreme bitterness of many India pale ales, allowing it to be more versatile in food pairing. The beer contains only citra hops, which feature a complex profile with a wide variety of fruit flavors, including sweet mango, crisp nectarine and tart lime notes. At 7 percent alcohol by volume, the beer has a pronounced but fairly simple malt flavor. A touch of sweetness comes through, but the malt definitely takes a backseat to the hops.

The beer pairs nicely with Hawaiian teriyaki grilled chicken kabobs with red onions, red peppers and pineapple. Grilling the fruit and vegetables brings out a caramelized sweetness, as well as a hint of smokiness from the red peppers. The crisp flavor of the beer complements the smoky sweetness of the fruit and veggies, and the tropical, fruity hops cut through the salty-sweet soy-pineapple marinade on the chicken.

 

Grilled T-bone steak, paired with Russian River Brewing Co.’s Consecration (Santa Rosa)

With a juicy steak, the classic beverage pairing is a robust red wine like Cabernet or Syrah, because the astringent tannins can stand up to the marbled fat and the char from the grill.

Consecration is one of the most “winelike” beers available – not only is it aged in Cabernet barrels for several months with black currants, but it also clocks in at 10 percent alcohol by volume, much closer to the alcohol content of wine than a typical beer.

When Consecration is poured, it appears relatively thin and the carbonation fades quickly, but the appearance belies an intensity of flavor and aroma to match any big red wine. The predominant aroma and flavor is sour cherry, with hints of vanilla, and dark raisinlike dried fruit. As it warms up, vinous aromas include earthiness and floral notes, reminiscent of Pinot Noir.

Sour beers, typically fermented with brettanomyces yeast and/or bacteria like lactobacillus and pediococcus in addition to traditional ale yeast, are not for everyone’s palate – but Consecration is one of the best examples on the market.

 

Hot dogs, paired with Trumer Pils (Berkeley)

Watching a baseball game on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, I enjoy traditional ballpark fare – hot dogs and salted-in-the-shell peanuts. To pair with the salty, savory, snappy goodness of a hot dog (or other grilled sausage of choice), a crisp, light, refreshing brew is the ideal pairing.

Instead of one of the light lagers brewed by one of the big commercial breweries, try Berkeley’s Trumer Pils. With a subtle spicy, earthy aroma from Saaz hops and a delicate, clean bitterness, this German-style pilsner has much more flavor and complexity than the typical macro-brewed light lager without being overwhelming. The high carbonation level, low alcohol (4.9 percent by volume) and crisp finish of Trumer Pils are sure to quench your thirst.

Derek Wolfgram is chief communications officer for the Los Altos Hills-based Silicon Valley Sudzers Homebrew Club. For more information, visit www.sudzers.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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