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News

"Brown is the new green," says local water district


Lina Broydo/Special to the Town Crier
Are downtown Los Altos flower pots getting too much water? The Santa Clara Valley Water District plans to hire “water cops” to discourage overwatering.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is spending nearl...

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Schools

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers


Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Middle school students make robotic hands using 3-D printers during a STEM Summer Camp at Foothill College.

From designing roller coasters to developing biodegradable plastics, high school students received an i...

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Community

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Businesswomen Joan Mazimhaka of Rwanda, third from left, and Fakhria Ibrahimi of Afghanistan, in orange, traveled to the U.S. with a 26-woman delegation through the Peace Through Business program.

Employees scoop ice ...

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Moving on: The Rockey Road

Just over a month ago, we decided to put our house on the market. My husband and I had been tossing around the idea of moving back to the area where we grew up, which is only approximately 40 minutes from here. Of course, Los Altos is a great place t...

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Business

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday


ElLie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Armed with blow dryers, Halo founder Rosemary Camposano, left, and store manager Nikki Thomas prepare for the blow-dry bar’s grand opening on First Street Monday.

A blow-dry bar is set to open downtown Monday, and i...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

DR. ALFRED HUGHES

Long time Los Altos resident, Dr. Alfred Hughes, died May 1st after a long illness. Dr. Hughes was born in 1927 in Maspeth, NY. He served in the US Army from 1945-6, attended Brooklyn Polytechnic University, then graduated from Reed College in Portla...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn


Town Crier file photo
Local actors rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Los Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company’s collaborative production of “The Wizard of Oz” is slated to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

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Spiritual Life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life


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Stanford University named the Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, its new dean for religious life.

Provost John Etchemendy announced Shaw’s appointment July 21, adding that she also will join the faculty in...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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Seniors take Tri-Cities, lose to Cupertino

Little League baseball

Two days after getting the loss against Sunnyvale National, Los Altos senior all-star pitcher Nick Breakwell broke through for a win over Tri-Cities.

In the loser's-bracket game in Sunnyvale, Breakwell went the distance to notch the 11-4 victory. However, last Thursday Cupertino National knocked Los Altos out of the District 44 tournament by a 9-4 count.

Against Tri-Cities, each team scored three runs in the first, but then Los Altos took over.

With Chad Ziemendorf and Peter Serventi on first and second to open up the second inning, Chris Dreyer moved them up a base with a well-placed sacrifice bunt. Geordie Gordon then drove the runners home with a single just inside the first-base bag, and Dan Pfefferbaum singled Gordon home to give Los Altos a 6-3 lead.

After scoring a run in the fourth on Scott Stockwell's RBI single, Los Altos added four insurance runs in the seventh. Highlighting that inning were run-scoring hits from Dreyer, Pfefferbaum and Andy Meyers. On the night, Pfefferbaum finished with three hits and four RBIs, followed by Meyers and Ziemendorf with two hits each.

Tri-Cities managed to tack on a run in the fifth, but then Breakwell retired nine of the last 10 batters to end the game.

Defensively, Los Altos came up big on two occasions. In the second inning, Breakwell snagged a line drive and doubled a Tri-Cities runner off first; and minutes later, catcher Ziemendorf gunned down a runner trying to steal third. And with the bases loaded in the third, Breakwell issued a strikeout and second baseman Dreyer grabbed a liner to end the inning.

JUNIORS: As of Monday, Los Altos' juniors squad was 3-1 in the tournament with wins over Sunnyvale Southern (6-5), Tri-Cities (14-4) and Santa Clara Homestead (9-3).

MAJORS: Campbell knocked the Los Altos majors out of the tourney with a 7-2 victory on July 8.

9-10-YEAR-OLDS: Los Altos Hills exited from the tournament with a 13-4 loss to Sunnyvale Metro on Saturday.

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