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Taking a bite out of a big oleander


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier

Santa Clara County road maintenance crews are making short work of the blooming oleander shrubs along the Foothill Expressway median in Los Altos. According to a crew foreman, the oleanders were growing to the point where they encroached on the fast lanes of the roadway. The county employs Elmwood Correctional Facility residents to do the pruning. Some questioned the timing of cutting the oleanders in full bloom. The foreman, who did not want his name used, said oleanders are “among the heartiest plants around” – they’re drought tolerant and grow back quickly.

Hidden Villa guide combines love of children, environment

Laurie Aubuchon/ Special to the Town Crier
Bob Fisher introduces schoolchildren to the organic farm at Hidden Villa nature preserve.

Retired pediatric dentist Bob Fisher, 71, finds volunteering as a farm and nature guide at Hidden Villa a perfect fit because it combines children and the environment.

As a guide, Fisher introduces schoolchildren to the organic farm and hikes with them on the trails at Hidden Villa, the nonprofit, 1,600-acre organic farm and preserve in Los Altos Hills.

Cal Water eases water restrictions, suspends surcharges

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Cal Water’s easing of water restrictions could mean less brown and more green.

California Water Service customers in the Los Altos District now have a water conservation target of 20 percent in the wake of an interim water-use reduction requirement implemented last month.

The Los Altos District aligned with its wholesale water supplier and other regional suppliers to set the target. The district previously had a 32 percent reduction requirement established by the state Water Resources Control Board.

Los Altos attorney helps Soles4Souls fight poverty


Los Altos attorney Montgomery S. Pisano is collecting shoes for Soles4Souls, a nonprofit global social enterprise that aims to fight poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing.

The mission of Soles4Souls is to eradicate extreme poverty by 2050. Based in Nashville, Tenn., Soles4Souls has collected and distributed more than 26 million pairs of shoes to those in need in 127 countries around the world and in all 50 states in the U.S.

Osteoarthritis is common in dogs and cats, vet says: Pet Pause

Inflammation within the joints – known as osteoarthritis – is common in dogs and cats, with approximately 20 percent of dogs suffering the effects and 64 percent of cats 12 years or older.

Osteoarthritis is a slowly evolving disease with development of joint pain, stiffness and limitation of motion. Body weight, amount of exercise and genetic influences can affect the progression of the disease.

Los Altos muralist brings life to wall, playground at local schools

Jennifer Walker/Special to the Town Crier 
Los Altos muralist Morgan Bricca unveils her mural for the Almond School community. Bricca has painted several murals at local schools.

Muralist Morgan Bricca has left her mark throughout the country, from an Olympic swim center in North Carolina to a hotel in San Diego.

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