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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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Cybersecurity expert Coleman addresses Forum on how to guard against dangers of the Internet


Coleman

A cybersecurity expert cautioned against the dangers of the Internet in a Nov. 19 Morning Forum of Los Altos presentation, “The Challenges of Cybersecurity: National and Personal.”

Bill Coleman, chairman and CEO of the cybersecurity firm Resilient Systems Inc. and director of Business Executives for National Security, discussed how to protect computers and computer systems from unauthorized attacks.

According to Coleman, during the next 20 years, people’s lives will become even more dependent on the Internet. He said that while computers help in many aspects of our lives, the Internet can be scary. Without cybersecurity, he added, all privacy will be destroyed.

The Internet presently is not being used in the most secure way, Coleman said, which allows criminals to act with impunity as they obtain personal information. And threats are escalating, he noted.

“Our governments can’t protect us adequately because cyber attacks occur at network speed, while our defensive responses are at human speed,” he said.

Coleman said the U.S. is the most vulnerable and least protected country, because it depends heavily on the Internet and remains the biggest target.

“Many individuals and corporations do not have state-of-the-art security systems,” he said. “The public lacks awareness of the immensity of the problem. Cybercrime constitutes the biggest transfer of wealth in history.”

To combat the problem, the U.S. government oversees more than 20 agencies working to protect cyberspace. Unfortunately, Coleman said, the agencies are not well coordinated. Moreover, he added, there are inadequate laws to protect U.S. citizens.

Cybercrime is tough to combat, Coleman said, because it is well funded by professional crime syndicates, and governments as well as individuals commit cybercrime. Russia is the world leader in consumer cybercrime, while China is the world leader in cyberespionage (stealing intellectual property), he noted.

Coleman advised people to protect themselves in cyberspace by using security software with automatic updates, performing frequent security scans, using a separate credit card for online financial transactions and selecting strong passwords and changing them often. He warned against online banking, unless the user has a really secure system. He suggested only opening online documents “if you trust them.”

Coleman concluded that even though many bad things are occurring in the cyberworld, he is optimistic and believes that the U.S. is making progress in regards to cybersecurity.

The Morning Forum of Los Altos is a members-only lecture series that meets at Los Altos United Methodist Church. For membership details and more information, visit morning forum.com.

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