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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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Police debut bike patrol at festival


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

The Los Altos Police Department plans to unveil new bicycle patrols during the Arts & Wine Festival this weekend.

Residents and visitors can expect to see something new from the Los Altos Police Department in the form of bicycle patrols at the upcoming Arts & Wine Festival.

According to Los Altos Police Capt. Andy Galea, the department recently purchased five new bicycles to kick-start bicycle patrols for special events and everyday use. The new effort debuts at the annual Arts & Wine Festival in downtown Los Altos this weekend.

Galea told the Town Crier that the idea of adding bicycle patrols has been discussed for several years and offers advantages over traditional cars in policing areas with large concentrations of people – like the festival.

“It’s about functionality,” said Galea, who noted that officers on bike patrol would each be outfitted with a new uniform that includes shorts, a polo shirt and bike helmet. “(Bike patrols) help us get into places cars can’t go – that’s one of the main reasons for doing this. … For any police department that has events like Los Altos does, it’s great to police them (with bike patrols).”

Public benefits

Galea said the bicycle patrols will provide benefits to the general public as well.

“Officers on bikes are obviously a lot more accessible and approachable,” he said. “It’s more inviting to open up a conversation with an officer on a bike. I think the community will be very receptive.”

The police bicycles are equipped with Los Altos Police decals, a first aid kit, a horn and emergency lights. All officers participating in bike patrols are required to pass a law-enforcement training course that focuses on operating bicycles in high-traffic areas and other situations.

Galea added that the bike patrols fall in line with a Los Altos culture that encourages the use of bicycles for transportation and recreation.

“Los Altos and its surrounding communities are very bike-friendly and encourage more bike riding, so I think this will be well-received,” he said.

Galea said residents could expect to see officers patrol areas of Los Altos by bike in the future, including parks and the downtown area. He noted that bicycle patrols would be assigned at the discretion of patrol supervisors.

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