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News

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.

Those interested ...

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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

Don’t drive small businesses out

It looks as if our community may lose a small, independent business, The Milk Pail, to a very dense development that will increase crowding and traffic.

The change in zoning that would allow this would happen in the name of “smart growth.” According to “smart growth” advocates, we would preserve rural land by making the Bay Area more crowded and polluted.

This is not realistic. If someone owns land in a rural area and that land can be built on, then he or she will develop that land if and when he or she chooses.

The United States constitutes roughly 5 percent of the world population, yet we consume at least 25 percent of the world’s resources. We do not need any more development in the Bay Area.

I hope that Mountain View residents will rise up as the “No on Measure D” Palo Altans did, to stop this terrible zoning change.

Jennifer Couperus

Mountain View

Call issued to help wounded vet

I am on the board of the San Jose Travel Industry Professionals, and every December, we host a fundraising dinner. We pick a local charity to give our funds to.

When I heard about Army Sgt. Brian Jergens, I thought it was a good idea to share his story in case you would like to help.

Brian and his wife, Jennifer, both 18, had been married for a few months when she received a call that Brian, a medic, had been gravely injured when an explosive device hit his Humvee. He lost his legs and suffered brain injury, hearing loss, internal organ damage, a broken neck and severe damage to his right elbow. He was transferred to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Palo Alto. It has been two years of hell for him, and when they were told that the organization Homes for Our Troops would be giving him a special adapted home Dec. 12, they were thrilled and moved to Hollister.

Last July, another miracle happened: They had a 7-pound boy, Jackson.

This young couple could use help as they are starting off with little in the way of possessions.

If anyone would like to donate a gift card, that would be great. If you want to give a check and take a tax deduction, the check should be made payable to “Homes for Our Troops, for Brian Jergens.” Send donations to Maureen Jones, All Horizons Travel, 160 Main St., Los Altos 94022, Attention: Brian Jergens Fund.

Call me with any questions at 941-5810.

Maureen Jones

Los Altos

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