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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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Police Blotter

Two-alarm fire ravages Mtn. View homes

A two-alarm fire engulfed one home and damaged another on Orangetree Lane in Mountain View Saturday night.

According to Mountain View Police, 911 dispatchers received several calls regarding a house fire at approximately 7:49 p.m. Upon arrival, Santa Clara County Fire Department responders found the single-family home engulfed in flames – with the fire spreading to a neighboring home.

After evacuating residents and evaluating the blaze, fire officials called a second alarm at approximately 7:57 p.m. A gas meter with an active leak caught fire during the incident, police reported. On-scene firefighters gained control and extinguished the blaze at 9 p.m. PG&E later secured and capped the leaking gas line.

Police described damage to the homes as “extensive.”

No one was injured as a result of the fire, which rendered the properties uninhabitable, police added. The incident remains under investigation by county fire officials.

Purse thefts

Sept. 3, 11:19 a.m., Dior Terrace: A resident contacted police to report that an unknown suspect stole her purse from her unlocked car.

Sept. 3, 2:08 p.m., 700 block of Berry Avenue: An unknown suspect stole a purse from a classroom at Loyola School.

Drug arrest

Sept. 4, 12:09 a.m., Foothill Expressway and Arastradero Road: Police arrested a 25-year-old male for violating his probation after discovering that he was in possession of marijuana. The suspect, arrested after originally being pulled over for a moving violation, was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Burglary attempt

Sept. 4, 11:53 a.m., 700 block of Altos Oaks Drive: An unknown suspect tried unsuccessfully to break into a medical office by prying open a window screen.

Residential burglaries

Sept. 4, 8:59 p.m., 600 block of Camellia Way: An unknown suspect entered an open garage and stole a $4,000 bicycle from the residence. The homeowners told police that they accidentally left their garage door open prior to leaving home.

Sept. 5, 8:09 a.m., 700 block of Casa Bonita Court: An unknown suspect forced entry into the garage and stole a bicycle valued at approximately $4,000.

Vandalism

Sept. 5, 10:22 a.m., 1100 block of Covington Road: An unknown suspect damaged a fence and other property on the grounds of Blach Intermediate School.

Auto burglary

Sept. 7, 8:28 a.m., 200 block of Cuesta Drive: An unknown suspect smashed the window of a vehicle, stealing two bags containing clothes and paperwork. The vehicle was parked in the victim’s carport at the time of the incident.

– Diego Abeloos

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