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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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BETTY WAYNE WALKER


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Resident of Los Altos

February 2, 1924 to May 30, 2013

 

We mourn the passing of long term resident, Betty Walker.

Betty was born and raised in southern California. She got her start in clinical laboratory work as a member of the Women’s Army Core during WWII and after her tour of duty completed a Bachelor of Science degree at San Jose State College and did a year of graduate work at UC Berkeley. After completion of her degree she received her clinical laboratory license and public health microbiologist certification, eventually becoming a laboratory director for Physician’s Laboratories, from which she retired in 1998. Simultaneously, Betty began instructing in the Biology Department of SJSU in 1962; teaching a variety of courses in the department until 1987.

While studying at SJSC, Betty met her future husband, Robert Walker (1924-2004), when he had the luck of being assigned the seat between Betty and her good friend in one of their classes. Bob and Betty were married in 1949 and took up residence in San Jose. Six years later they started a family, moving to Los Altos in 1958, to a house that remains in the family today. The home is fondly remembered by her children as the place where all their friends liked to hangout.

In addition to their own three children and two grandchildren, Bob and Betty “adopted” the couple across the street and became grandparents to their two children. Betty was a woman that touched the hearts of the people she met and will be lovingly remembered by her grandchildren for her warmth, laughter, sewing skills, and cookies.

Besides spending time with her family, Betty enjoyed reading, travel, and helping others. After retirement she found an excellent outlet for some of these passions by volunteering at the Palo Alto VA hospital and becoming an active member of P.E.O. Chapter UB, including several years serving as President of the Nearly New Shop in Sunnyvale.

Betty is survived by her brother David Wayne of Rowe Mass., three children Lynette Sawyer, Barbara Nordman, and Wayne Walker, two grandchildren Erika and Jamie, and two great-grandchildren as well as five step-great-grandchildren.

A memorial gathering will be held in her honor on Sunday, June 30, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information regarding the gathering.

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