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Police stress need for low speed in school zones

Police stress need for low speed in school zones


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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.

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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Los Altos Hills burglaries spike in 2013

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office spent considerable time chasing burglars in 2013 as the rate of home break-ins in Los Altos Hills unexpectedly rose.

The Sheriff’s Office responded to 40 incidents over the past 12 months. During the previous eight years, the officers reported an average of 22 burglaries annually.

“In the larger perspective of state and national averages, it’s actually quite low,” said Sheriff’s Office Capt. Kenneth Binder. “However, we feel that 40 burglaries a year is still too high for LAH.”

Although the victims of home crimes may never sleep soundly after their homes have been burglarized, the Sheriff’s Office identified and arrested 45 percent of the perpetrators. Binder noted that many other municipalities report solving only approximately 10 percent of cases.

The recent arrest of Nicole Sosa of San Jose, who allegedly broke into 11 Los Altos Hills residences by climbing through open windows, was a major coup for the Sheriff’s Office. Officers also apprehended two juveniles from Santa Rosa and Windsor as they attempted to vault a fence to escape the scene of a June burglary.

A number of cases remain unsolved, but surveillance video, like the footage provided by a Berry Hill Lane homeowner in December, allows the law enforcement team to identify criminals retroactively. Two of the three suspects in the video were identified, and other cases remain under investigation.

The Sheriff’s Office relies on the eyes and ears of residents in its crime-fighting efforts.

“Anywhere there are people, anywhere there are homes, there is going to be crime,” Binder said. “But we want to help people reduce the odds, and that’s what we’re doing.”

To keep residents apprised of crime prevention strategies, the Sheriff’s Office engages neighborhood watch groups and hosts an annual crime prevention forum, usually scheduled at town hall in April.

Binder encourages residents to continue reporting suspicious activity in Los Altos Hills to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office at (408) 299-2311.

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