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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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Community Briefs

Radio operators stage annual field day

The Foothills Amateur Radio Society has scheduled its annual Amateur Radio Field Day 11 a.m. Saturday to 11 a.m. Sunday in the field next to the Maryknoll Residence at 23000 Cristo Rey Drive, Los Altos. Visitors are invited to attend the event noon to 7 p.m. both days.

Approximately 25 local operators plan to participate in this year’s exercise. Operators from five radio stations will attempt to make contact with as many amateur radio stations as possible throughout North and South America. Communication will be via voice, Morse code, radio teletype and digital packet radio.

Amateur Radio Field Day prepares operators for potential emergency situations. During the exercise, radio operators erect antennas, assemble radio stations and power up electric generators in an effort to stimulate emergency conditions.

Established in 1933, Amateur Radio Field Day has grown into an annual event that attracts more than 35,000 participants.

For more information, call Phil Hawkins at 279-7803, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit arrl.org or fars.k6ya.org.

Essays on equality win awards

The Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley named the winners of its second essay contest on U.S. Constitutional principles, open to high school seniors in Santa Clara County. This year’s topic was “The difference between equal opportunity and equal results in America.”

Winners are Cupertino resident Anand Hemmady of Cupertino High School for his essay “Equality and Liberty in America” and San Jose resident Colin Aitkken of Leland High School for “Equality for All.”

The Conservative Forum presented each student with $1,000 at a June 4 ceremony in Mountain View.

To read the winning essays and for more information, visit www.theconservativeforum.com.

Lecture highlights Impressionist show

Fine-arts docent Kay Payne is scheduled to present an illustrated lecture on “Impressionists on the Water” 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The lecture will highlight the “Impressionists on the Water” exhibition that runs through Oct. 13 at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.

The exhibition explores nautical life through more than 80 paintings and works on paper by Impressionists such as Monet, Renoir and Pissarro and Post-Impressionists including Denis and Signac, artists whose work reflects their understanding of and engagement with boating and competition.

For more information on the lectures, call 948-7683 or visit www.sccl.org.

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