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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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Guy Shoup House earns landmark status: Two-story home on University Avenue receives historical desig


Photo By: Photo By Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Photo By Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Marlene and Del Beumer, above, received Historical Landmark status from the city of Los Altos for their University Avenue home.

Although it took Los Altos residents Del and Marlene Beumer only a few minutes to add their thumbprints and signatures to a document designating their University Avenue home a Historical Landmark June 27, the couple said the achievement was nearly a century in the making.

The story begins in 1915 when a two-story, Mediterranean-style residence at 452 University Ave., designed by architect Warren Skillings, reached completion on a site nestled between Adobe Creek and the old Southern Pacific railway line – known today as Foothill Expressway.

Adhering to the popular style of the day, the home includes a facade of asymmetrical windows with few embellishments and a stucco finish. In addition to the architecture itself, the original owner of the home – Guy Shoup – is an asset to the home’s value.

While serving as vice president and general counsel of Southern Pacific Railroad, Shoup helped found the Rotary Club of Los Altos and Los Altos Union Church. Wander no farther than Shoup Park to appreciate the enduring legacy of Shoup and his brother Paul, considered the “Father of Los Altos.”

The home’s age and architecture qualify the structure as a Historical Landmark, but according to the guidelines of Los Altos’ Historical Preservation Ordinance, the role that Guy Shoup played in the town’s early days further underlines the importance of preserving the property. The home is the 104th in the city granted Historical Landmark status by the Los Altos City Council and its Historical Commission.

Marlene said she and Del feel more like caretakers of the property because they purchased the Guy and Adelle Shoup House from the original owners’ daughter. Maintaining the landscaping as close to its original design as possible, the Beumers view the recent landmark designation as a way to preserve the home. The five-bedroom, three-bathroom home is currently on the market as the Beumers look to downsize.

Future owners might also reap the benefits of a property-tax reduction that enables money to be reinvested into preservation or restoration of a home so designated, but the Beumers note that the classification is more about “keeping the history of the community relevant” than any financial gain.

“It protects the house so that more people realize its importance,” Marlene said.

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