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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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Satisfy game-day cravings with a homemade snack


Photos Courtesy of Blanche Shaheen
Blanche Shaheen created an online tutorial for making Spicy Roasted Chickpeas.

Do you plow through a supersize bag of chips while watching sports? Is there a stash of salty pretzels in a nearby drawer that you munch on as you addictively watch one Vine after another? Do you know the garlic-fry vendor at AT&T Park on a first-name basis?

If any of these descriptions ring familiar, then this recipe is especially for you. Middle Eastern-style roasted spicy chickpeas are perfect for those with a serious salty tooth. These spicy little legumes pack a high flavor impact. But there’s a bonus – the 8 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber in a half-cup serving mean that unlike potato chips, it’s impossible to nosh mindlessly without getting full.

Use canned or dried garbanzo beans that have been soaked overnight, making sure to rinse them and pat them dry before seasoning. I love to add these firecrackers of goodness to my salad in place of croutons for some extra flavor and a wallop protein, calcium and iron. The spices in these goodies are also beneficial. The cumin helps digest the fiber in the beans and the red pepper can help rev up your metabolism.

They are also super quick and easy to make – this recipe takes less time than driving to the grocery store to buy potato chips. You can use avocado oil, which has a higher smoke point, but I prefer the authentic flavor of olive oil. Using a really robust olive oil adds a nice, peppery finish to the snack. For the freshest olive oil, make sure that you look for a harvest date on the label. If there is no harvest date, then the oil could be a lot older than you think.

Blanche Shaheen is a food blogger and journalist who lives in Los Altos.For more recipes, visit feastinthemiddleeast.com.

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

• 1 can chickpeas, or 1 1/2 cups of soaked chickpeas, patted dry

• 2 tablespoons olive or avocado oil

• 1/2 teaspoon cumin

• 1/4 teaspoon paprika

• 1/2 teaspoon red pepper (or more if you can handle the heat)

• 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper

• 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

• Salt to taste

Preheat oven to 400 F. Combine chickpeas with oil and spices. Spread on cookie sheet and bake 30 minutes. Approximately 15 minutes into baking, stir chickpeas for even cooking. Serve immediately.

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