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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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Taking care of business The changing face of downtown Los Altos


L ongtime Los Altos residents have seen downtown businesses come and go over the years, but 2013 is particularly bustling with activity.

From January through July, 11 new businesses opened downtown, while 10, including three pop-up shops, closed, according to city of Los Altos records. At least nine permanent shops and pop-up businesses are scheduled to open in coming months.

To keep readers informed, the Town Crier offers an up-to-date map of new downtown businesses.

New and soon-to-open businesses

1. Ambience, 132 State St.

2. The Makery, 170 State St.

3. Red Racer Hobby Shop, 170 State St.

4. The Alley (opening in the fall), 170 State St.

5. Green Cleaners, 201 State St.

6. Gift Xperience, 237 State St.

7. SFMOMA, 242 State St.1

8. Helix, 320 State St.1

9. Squirt The Juice Bar (opening in the fall), 325 State St.

10. Gallery Outer Space, 359 State St.2

11. The Botanist, 363 State St.2

12. Atelier Gray, 358 State St.

13. Know Knew Books (opening in October), 366 State St.

14. Sirena Scena Salon (relocated from 355 First St.), 75 Main St.

15. Redberry Coffee (opening in the fall), 145 Main St.

16. Paperwhirl (relocating from 235 First St.), 151 Main St.

17. Slingshot Power, 164 Main St.

18. Lisa’s Tea Treasures (opening in the fall), 167 Main St.

19. Pendleton Woolen Mills (opening in the fall), 231 Main St.

20. Queens Dance Studio, 331 First St.

21. Voyageur du Temps Bakery and Café (opening in early 2014), 288 First St.

22. Momentum Cycling, 149 Second St.

Closed businesses

Alabasta, 366 State St.

Aurobora, 359 State St.2

Beausejour, 170 State St.

Christian, 363 State St.2

Curves, 149 Second St.

Design & Interiors, 151 Main St.2

Estatements Luxury Consignment, 331 First St.

Europeon Hair Salon, 75 Main St.

Lussori, 231 Main St.

Pure Cleaners, 201 State St.

2013 by the numbers

• Businesses opened: 11

• Businesses closed: 10

• Businesses opening soon: 9

• Businesses relocating: 2

1. Temporary business

2. Pop-up shop

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