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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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PG&E, police warn residents about utility-worker scam

The Los Altos Police Department and PG&E last week warned local residents about a scam involving thieves fraudulently posing as utility workers.

PG&E initially issued the warning after reports of home burglaries in Vallejo, Oakland and San Carlos. In each case, according to the utility company, thieves dressed as PG&E utility workers to contact the victims in person and stole money and jewelry from them after gaining access to their residences. Company officials noted that they are working with local law enforcement agencies to help resolve the cases.

They also cautioned the public about a second scam in which victims receive calls from thieves posing as PG&E representatives who tell them that their service will be cut off if they fail to pay a past-due bill via credit card, gift card or wiring money from a checking account.

Los Altos Police Chief Tuck Younis told the Town Crier that residents need to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police.

“This is really just about making the public aware that this is going on,” said Younis, who added that his department sent out the PG&E warning last week via its Nixle alert system.

Younis noted that Los Altos is no stranger to such scams and that residents should exercise extra caution when approached by anyone claiming to represent a service or agency.

“We’ve had similar incidents occur in the past couple of years in Los Altos,” he said. “A team of two will come to a home, one will distract the victim (and draw them) away from the house while an accomplice enters the home and steals items.”

PG&E officials said residents could take several precautionary steps if approached by someone claiming to represent their company, including asking to see a valid form of identification before allowing anyone posing as a utility worker inside their home.

“Residents can challenge people and ask them for identification,” Younis said. “All legitimate employees from these agencies, including PG&E, have photo IDs that represent them and their company.”

In addition, residents can call PG&E’s customer service line to verify an appointment if they feel uncertain – even after the person claiming to be a PG&E employee produces identification. Customers with appointments receive an automated call back within 48 hours prior to a scheduled visit, according to company officials, or receive a personal call from a PG&E representative ahead of time.

Los Altos customers with concerns about the legitimacy of a call claiming the need for payment on a past-due bill that requires the release of personal information are advised to call PG&E’s customer service line at (800) PGE-5000 or the Los Altos Police Department at 947-2770.

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