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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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Los Altos siblings sweep Hobie Cat Youth Championships


Courtesy of Dafna Brown
The Brown brothers – Nate, left, and Ben, right – often race against each other but competed together in a regatta last year at the F18 World Championships.

Sailing siblings Nate and Ben Brown of Los Altos finished one-two at the Hobie Cat Youth North American Championships, held July 30 through Aug. 1 at Huntington Lake.

Nate – a Pinewood School graduate entering his sophomore year at Chapman University – and crew member Ryan Lee, 9, claimed the regatta by winning six of the 12 races in the series. Ben, in his senior year at Pinewood, and crew member Casey Larson of Iowa followed closely behind to earn the silver medal.

Because this was the final year Nate could race in the Youth Championships, it was his last chance to settle a score with his younger brother. In 2011, 14-year-old Ben took the title by narrowly beating his brother in a comeback tiebreaker on the last day of the championships in Ocean Springs, Miss.

“In Mississippi, Nate dominated the first two days but fell apart the last day, and it was actually kind of heartbreaking to see him lose,” Ben said. “But this year, he was consistent the whole regatta, and I’m really proud of him and happy for him.”

The championships featured teams from throughout the country, including New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Iowa, Washington and Oregon.

Next up for the brothers: the U.S. Multihull Championship, an all-ages event that brings together the top sailors in the country to race on the San Francisco Bay. On the last day of the regatta, scheduled Sept. 4-7, races will be held in San Francisco as the opening act for the America’s Cup finals that begin the same day.

“It’s exciting to have such an incredible event virtually in our backyard,” Nate said. “Sailing normally does not get this sort of publicity, but with the changes they’ve made to the Cup this year, thousands of fans are able to watch live from shore or even on YouTube, and being able to sail in front of those fans is a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity.”

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