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Police stress need for low speed in school zones

Police stress need for low speed in school zones


Town Crier File Photo
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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GEORGE PETER MINALGA


June 18, 1920 to July 18, 2013

George P. Minalga died peacefully on Thursday, July 18, 2013 with his wife, Dorothy at his side in their Los Altos home. He was 93 years old.

He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and in 1945 graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and was elected to Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society. George went to work for Lockheed Missiles and Space Company at the dawn of the Space Age. His considerable contributions will always be remembered in the evolution of America’s spaceflight program, including work on the X-1, the first supersonic aircraft.

George met his forever love, Dorothy, at the Damien Club of St. Monica’s Parish, Los Angeles. They were married in 1951 and together began their family and their life. He loved being with family and children. His children and grandchildren were everything to him and he was always there for them … building a grade school project, fishing on a lake, learning to ski, simply listening to their stories, or celebrating their accomplishments. He will be missed, but his kindness will never be forgotten by Cecilia and husband Ray; Maryanne, husband Mathew and children Rebecca, Rachel, and Jamie; Josephine and children Christina, Matthew and wife Courtney, Phillip, and Bridgette; Rebecca and husband John Mark; Duncan, wife Pauline and daughter Veronica; and Peter and wife Melanie.

After retiring from Lockheed in 1989, George and Dorothy continued their adventures through life and the world. For 10 years, they participated in an annual pilgrimage, walking 72 miles over 3 days from Paris to Chartres, France, through woods and fields and over blacktop highways and country roads, sleeping outside and eating simple rations. Their pilgrimages were a celebration of their traditional Catholic values, so important to George and Dorothy.

Mass and funeral services were held Thursday, July 25, at Saint Margaret Mary Church, 1219 Excelsior Avenue, Oakland. The casket was interred at Alta Mesa Memorial Park, Palo Alto.

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