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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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Other Voices: Citizen rescuers provide valuable animal services

The Town Crier article on abandoned cats near Los Altos High School missed a golden opportunity to educate the local community about the resources available to help with such situations (“Expert comes to rescue after feral cats litter neighborhood,” Oct. 16.).

The primary role of animal control agencies, such as Palo Alto Animal Services or the Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority, is to ensure the well-being of both animals and people by responding to exceptional situations involving animals, code enforcement and the operation of a shelter and a low-cost spay/neuter clinic. It falls mostly to volunteers, both rescue groups and individuals, to prevent the unchecked growth of the feral cat population through the proven Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) method: The cats are trapped humanely, sterilized so that they cannot reproduce, vaccinated and returned to their home territory, where they are provided food and water regularly and sometimes even shelter against the elements. The person managing a colony knows the cats, recognizes when new cats appear who need to be TNR’d and knows when a cat needs veterinary intervention. The cats that have already been “fixed” are distinguished by having one ear either tipped (the pointed tip is cut off so that it is flat on top) or notched during surgery so that they are not put through the program twice. The cats earn their keep by controlling the rodent population.

For residents of Santa Clara County, the volunteer community established The Cat Resource Center (catcenter.org). Requests submitted via the website for help with cats are routed to experienced cat rescuers who live near the situation and will work with homeowners and their neighbors toward a resolution. The one thing rescuers will not do is make the cats simply “go away,” though they may arrange foster homes for kittens who are young enough to be socialized, all of whom subsequently can be put up for adoption.

Santa Clara County has a voucher program for feral cats that makes the cost of fixing and vaccinating one cat just $10 for a resident. The Palo Alto Humane Society (paloaltohumane.org) has a similar program that covers only surgery costs.

When un-fixed cats appear in your neighborhood, the responsibility to act is yours; there is no government service to summon. You need to arrange for the cats to be fixed, vaccinated and fed regularly so that they can have a reasonable life in the environment they know best. Contact The Cat Resource Center or a local rescue group for assistance. Those of us involved in cat rescue are more than willing to teach others how to trap and get cats fixed.

For a cornucopia of information about feral cats and TNR, visit Alley Cat Allies, a national cat advocacy group, at alleycat.org.

Ivor Durham is a Los Altos resident and volunteer at Fat Cat Rescue. For more information, visit fatcatrescue.org.

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