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Police stress need for low speed in school zones

Police stress need for low speed in school zones


Town Crier File Photo
After two recent accidents involving cyclists and motorists, police urge caution – on both sides.

After two recent incidents of vehicles striking student bicyclists, Los Altos Police urge residents to exercise caution whe...

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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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St. Nicholas student starts sports-shoe drive


Courtesy of Julie Eng
Lauren Kiachian, seventh-grader at St. Nicholas School and founder of L.A.C.E.S., and Jeff Maier, sports director at the El Camino YMCA in Mountain View, teamed up to collect used sports shoes for children in need.

Knowing that children often outgrow their expensive sports shoes before they wear them out, St. Nicholas School seventh-grader Lauren Kiachian organized a shoe drive to help those in need.

While attending her brother’s soccer game last fall, Lauren noticed the opposing team sliding around the field because some of the players didn’t have proper cleats. She thought about how often she and her brother outgrew their sports shoes while they were still in good condition and devised a plan to hold a youth sports-shoe drive and donate the shoes to charities and nonprofit groups for distribution to children around the Bay Area who otherwise might not be able to afford the proper sports footwear.

Lauren teamed up with Jeff Maier, sports director at the El Camino YMCA in Mountain View, to found L.A.C.E.S. (Let All Children Enjoy Sports). They arranged for a L.A.C.E.S. drive that coincided with the YMCA Youth Basketball League’s annual team photos. During that event, Lauren collected 62 pairs of sports shoes that were distributed to children in need in the Bay Area.

L.A.C.E.S. has scheduled a series of upcoming drives. Families with youth sports shoes in reasonably good condition may donate them at scheduled collections: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 18 at the Los Altos High School baseball field, 201 Almond Ave.; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Mountain View Sports Pavilion, 1185 Castro St., Mountain View; and noon to 5 p.m. March 15 at the El Camino YMCA, 2400 Grant Road, Mountain View.

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