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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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Special Sections

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies


Bill Steiner’s grass is green, left, even amid the drought. He followed Max Todd’s water and maintainence instructions after having his lawn aerated, Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Green lawns are not necessarily on the endangered list during the d...

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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


Shaw

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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JOHN JEROME BECK, M.D.

 Image from article JOHN JEROME BECK, M.D.
Age 90, died peacefully in Santa Clara, CA on February 15th, 2008, following a brief battle with cancer. He is preceded in death by his wife of over 50 years, Jane D. Beck in 1996 and brother Thomas Beck.He was born on February 14th, 1918, in Wautoma, Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1939 and Harvard Medical School in 1942 before residing as a Navy Physician in WW II on the U.S.S. Paul Hamilton. After completing his residency at Yale Medical School he moved to Los Altos in 1951, where he had a private practice specializing in surgery for over 30 years.John was very involved in the community, being a Councilman for the city of Los Altos and President of the Los Altos Rotary in 1957. He was also seen on the sidelines of local football games for many years as the team doctor for Foothill Junior College and the East-West Shrine games. John was an avid fisherman, bird hunter and enjoyed gardening, golf and tennis. He was a loving father and grandfather. He also enjoyed vacationing and joking with his children. He had a great sense of humor and will be truly missed.John is survived by his five children John Beck Jr. of Manhattan, Montana, Ronald Beck of San Jose, Suzanne Haydu of Shingle Springs, Paul Beck of Los Altos and Linda Flynn of Los Altos, six grandchildren Lauren and Madelyn Beck of Manhattan Montana, Brandon Haydu of San Louis Obispo, Laurissa Haydu of Santa Cruz, Shannon and Ryan Flynn of Los Altos and in-laws Tracy Beck, Eugene Haydu and Stephen Flynn.Services will be held on Sunday, March 9th, at 2pm at Spangler Mortuary, 399 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos. The family requests that in lieu of flowers,donations be made to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org, or 1-800-ACS-2345 in honor of Dr. John Beck.

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