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Spooktacular moved indoors


Due to rain, today's downtown Los Altos Halloween activities have been moved to the indoor courtyard of Play! at 170 State St. Enter from the back on the parking lot side to participate in crafts, games and fun. Activities continue until 4 p.m.

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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

Downtown business executive investigated for embezzlement

The financial officer of a Main Street business is being investigated for allegedly embezzling more than $450,000 of the employer’s funds.

Los Altos Police Sgt. Cameron Shearer said the employer, located at 146 Main St., contacted police Thursday after making the discovery. The address currently houses several businesses.

Shearer, who declined to name the business in question because of the ongoing investigation, said the case has been forwarded to the law enforcement agency in the city where the suspect currently lives.

Injury accident/DUI

Sept. 22, 2:50 a.m., Foothill Expressway and Interstate 280: A motorist crashed into a sound wall after exiting Interstate 280 and crossing four lanes of Foothill Expressway. The driver was transported to a local hospital for treatment. A California Highway Patrol officer later arrested the motorist for driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

DUI arrests

Sept. 20, 11:41 p.m., San Luis and El Monte avenues: A 26-year-old male motorist was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol after police initially pulled him over for a vehicle code violation. He was later cited and released from the Los Altos Police Station.

Sept. 21, 11:27 p.m., Grant Road and Morton Avenue: Police arrested a 23-year-old male motorist after he failed a field sobriety test during a traffic stop. He was later cited and released from the Los Altos Police Station.

Residential burglary

Sept. 19, 12:55 p.m., 900 block of North San Antonio Road: An unknown suspect

cut the lock of a condominium complex’s storage unit. Residents told police they were not aware of any items being stolen from the unit.

Major injury accident

Sept. 16, 8:26 a.m., Foothill Expressway and Magdalena Avenue: A four-car collision on Foothill Expressway resulted in three motorists being transported to a local hospital. The injured motorists complained of head, neck and back pains, according to police.

Burglary attempt

Sept. 16, 8:15 a.m., 4900 block of El Camino Real: An unknown suspect cut a hole into the hallway wall of a business complex, reached in and unlocked a deadbolt lock to a break into the room. The suspect ransacked the room but apparently did not steal anything, according to police.

– Diego Abeloos

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