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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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Silicon Valley Beer Week is on tap


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Over the past few years, San Francisco’s February Beer Week events have spread beyond the city into a number of venues on the Peninsula and in the South Bay.

Chris Esparza, co-owner of San Jose’s Naglee Park Garage and founder of the community development firm Giant Creative, recognized that Silicon Valley had developed enough of a craft beer culture to support its own event, and Silicon Valley Beer Week was born.

“With the emerging and vibrant beer ecosystem in the South Bay, many people approached us with ideas about things not happening in other Beer Week celebrations, things that would be unique to Silicon Valley,” Esparza said.

The inaugural Silicon Valley Beer Week – scheduled July 28 through Aug. 3 – will feature craft beer tastings and tap takeovers, food and beer pairing events with local chefs and brewers, seminars, demonstrations about beer and brewing, and more.

The week will launch July 28 with a kick-off party at Gordon Biersch in downtown San Jose to “showcase innovative food and craft beer pairings by hand-picked Silicon Valley restaurateurs, brewers and culinary entrepreneurs,” according to the SV Beer Week website (www.svbeerweek.com).

The final event of the week will be the Summer KraftBrew Fest Aug. 3, also in downtown San Jose, which will include hard-to-find beer tastings, live music, presentations on beer and brewing topics and homebrewing demonstrations (including one by the Silicon Valley Sudzers Homebrew Club, of which I am a member).

SV Beer Week will offer multiple events each evening during the week. There are currently more than 80 events scheduled, with more added each day.

Esparza said SV Beer Week events are “not just for people who love drinking beer, but people who thirst for knowledge and understanding.” He added that Beer Week “appeals to folks who are passionate about beer, and involves a lot about learning and having fun simultaneously.”

Silicon Valley Beer Week is a great opportunity to explore all the beers and breweries the region has to offer, and to appreciate the fact that the South Bay is no longer the “beer desert” lamented by the late, great Bay Area beer writer Bill Brand.

Derek Wolfgram is chief communications officer for the Silicon Valley Sudzers Homebrew Club, which meets the first Friday of each month at a home in Los Altos Hills and welcomes both new and experienced brewers and beer enthusiasts. For more information, visit www.sudzers.org.

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