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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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LORAINE FLORENCE HAWKS

OBIT LoraineHawks1
OBIT LoraineHawks2

        

September 26, 1921 - November 11, 2013

Resident of San Jose 

Loraine Hawks entered into rest on November 11, 2013 at the age of 92. She was born on September 26th, 1921 in Park Ridge, Illinois to Florence Koenig and Hill Koenig, a prominent Burlington Railroad executive. She was a resident of the Villages Country Club in San Jose for the past 19 years. Before moving to San Jose, she was a long time resident of Los Altos.   Survivors include her beloved husband of 62 years, Ernest Hawks, a son Eric Hawks (Lesley) of Mountain View, CA, three grandchildren, who were the light of her life, Kaitlin Stonum (Robert) of Cupertino, CA, Nathan Hawks of San Francisco, CA, Samuel Hawks of Palo Alto, CA, and their mother Jennifer Hawks of Palo Alto, CA.

She earned a Bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin, as well as a Masters Degree in Education and Teaching Credential from Stanford University. She taught Physical Education at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo and in 1951 she took up residence in Los Altos, where she assumed the role of Dean of Women at Mountain View High School between 1951- 1957. Later she worked alongside her husband at Lawson - Hawks Insurance Associates as an Accounting Executive from 1970 to 1980.

Loraine was a kind and charitable woman who always maintained a positive outlook and cheerful disposition. Her warm and friendly smile would put even a stranger at ease. Her keen sense of fairness enabled her to see both sides of every situation. She had a love for cooking and entertaining as she opened her home and her heart to many including friends, family, neighbors, Rotary exchange students and Stanford students. She loved sports of all types, was an avid golfer and participated in synchronized swimming in her early adult years. Her son Eric recalls her teaching him touch football as a youth.

She was a former member of the Los Altos Golf and Country Club; an active member of Ironwood Country Club in Palm Desert, CA to this date, and was responsible for organizing the “Desert 9er’s”, a Woman's 9 Hole Golf group in Palm Desert that grew to 16 clubs and 900 members.

Loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother, educator, friend and colleague you will be greatly missed by all.

A Memorial Service will be held for Loraine at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 21st, 2013 at the Spangler Mortuary at 399 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos, CA, 94022; burial at the Alta Mesa Cemetery, and a reception will follow immediately afterwards at the Elks Lodge 4249 El Camino Real,  Palo Alto, CA 94306.

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