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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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Letters to the Editor

World War II WASPs deserve recognition

I was delighted to see the article on Women Airforce Service Pilots, “A tale of two sisters,” in the Nov. 6 Town Crier.

My aunt Dorothy Kielty was a WASP during the war and used to regale us with stories of ferrying pilots – and sometimes generals who were not always happy to have a woman in the cockpit! – and other responsibilities these amazing women had during World War II.

After the war, she golfed for the U.S. on the Curtis Cup team and then went to live in Italy, where she took up horse show jumping at 50-plus years of age.

She also fought the same fight for recognition and benefits the story recounts.

We should be proud of their service and glad that it has finally been recognized.

Tracy Koon

Los Altos

Los Altos ‘road diet’ could have unintended consequences

The Town Crier’s recent “Editor’s Notebook” column on “complete streets” quoted urban planner Darby Watson, who applied a “road diet” to a Seattle street, converting a four-lane road to two lanes (“Forum features ideas for ‘complete streets,’” Oct. 9).

Before Los Altos jumps on the road-diet bandwagon, I hope the city council and city planners will look to neighboring Palo Alto to see the damage done to the Barron Park/Green Acres neighborhood when Arastradero Road was put on a diet.

From the July 7, 2012, Palo Alto Weekly: “… traffic volume rose in three areas within the Barron Park neighborhood: … The traffic count at Maybell and Pena rose significantly from 2,700 vehicles to 3,348 daily since the trial changes, according to the study. … Chief Transportation Official Jaime Rodriguez admitted a speed survey had not been done along the cut-through routes.”

That’s a 24 percent increase on just one of the neighborhood streets that frustrated drivers – and bicyclists – are using to avoid congestion on Arastradero.

Note that Maybell is a city-designated “Safe Route to Schools.” To see what the road diet did to this quiet street, check out the videos at tinyurl.com/kg8o7t8 and tinyurl.com/lobjh2z.

Road diets have unintended consequences.

Constricting a main artery forces cars through residential streets.

Like water, traffic will flow around barriers to find the path of least resistance, and it might be your neighborhood.

Pat Marriott

Los Altos

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