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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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MV Police report spike in burglaries


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Suspect sketch

Mountain View Police arrested a suspect as he attempted to burglarize a home on the 1100 block of Mercy Street June 6.

After a witness reported seeing a Hispanic male carrying a crowbar and peering into a residence on the street, police confronted suspect Raymundo Ayala Miranda, 33, as he was getting into his pickup truck. Miranda, a Mountain View resident, was charged with residential burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail without incident.

“This arrest illustrates how a watchful community member assisted the Mountain View Police Department by reporting a suspicious individual who was ultimately arrested on a burglary charge,” said police spokesman Sean Thompson. “We continue to urge the Mountain View community, neighbor watch groups and local organizations to report any suspicious individuals and/or activity.”

Police have noted a marked increase in residential robberies over the past year. Approximately 50 residential robberies were reported in Mountain View between January and April this year, compared with 31 recorded in the same four-month period last year. Detectives have yet to pinpoint similar trends among the rash of robberies.

Officers are still on the lookout for the male suspect who burglarized a home on the 1000 block of Bryant Avenue at approximately 6:45 p.m. March 30.

A police spokesman said a resident was napping inside his home near Mountain View High School when his doorbell rang. After the resident ignored the bell and went back to sleep, he awakened to find the suspect in his bedroom. Believing the residence empty, the suspect allegedly entered through a side garage door. When he saw the resident in bed, the suspect fled the scene with the resident’s wallet and cellphone.

Police described the suspect as a 15- to 25-year-old African-American between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall, with short hair and a lean build. At the time of the robbery, the suspect wore a dark-brown sweater and blue jeans.

Police encourage residents to be diligent, keeping all doors and windows locked and secured, including those near the garage. They also recommend keeping the garage closed as well as maintaining the appearance that someone is home by installing timer lights and leaving the radio on. Other ways to protect against residential robberies include investing in deadbolts and securing all door frames.

To report suspicious activity, call 911 or the Mountain View Police Department at 903-6395.

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