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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 recognizes Foothill for energy savings

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District recently received more than $1.1 million from PG&E for energy savings generated by the installation of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels in three parking lots at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

By the conclusion of the five-year program in fall 2016, the college district will have received a total rebate of more than $1.75 million. California utilities administer the Savings by Design Program, which encourages high-performance, nonresidential building design and construction.

According to PG&E, the Foothill College PV project achieves an energy savings of 4,019,452 kilowatts, which equates to 373.8 metric tons of carbon dioxide – the equivalent of one year of power for 188 homes, or removing 79 cars from the road.

According to Foothill College President Judy C. Miner, Foothill is committed to energy efficiency for three reasons: sustainability, a new energy curriculum that uses the campus as a living laboratory and cost savings.

The installation of Foothill’s PV panels was completed in 2011. A design-build project with Chevron Energy, the panels include multiple PV arrays that generate 1.4 million kilowatt-hours each year and reduce the college district’s energy costs. Located in three campus parking lots (1H, 2 and 3), the large panels double as shade structures.

Proceeds from Measure C, a $490.8 million bond approved in 2006 by voters residing in the Foothill-De Anza Community College District service area, funded the PV project.

The PV panels also play a role in Foothill’s College Science & Learning Institute, which promotes an instructional model based on educational research and best practices for the successful teaching and learning of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at all levels.

Foothill’s new 25-unit Sustainability & Energy Program features a five-unit course that introduces technical students and working professionals to the field of PV technology. Using the photovoltaic panels, students analyze the real-time energy intake and output data as an instructional exercise in applied STEM learning.

For more information, visit measurec.fhda.edu.

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