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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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ROBERT GRAHAM: Obituary Notices

Died peacefully on March 21, 2009, age 86. Predeceased by his beloved wife Chella in 2003, and by his only son Douglas in February 2009. Survived by brothers Eldon (Vicky) of Michigan, Donald (Phyllis) of Florida, and Loren (Pat) of Massachusetts. Also survived by three daughters, in California: Margaret Lovetro and Patricia (Brad) Caftel, and, in Arizona: Susan (Doug) Rusk and granddaughter Lauren. Born on his grandparents' farm in Indiana, Bob learned early the values of working hard and building a strong character. His father had to struggle during the Depression to find work as a school teacher. So poor that he was literally a starving student, Bob attended Purdue University. The degree in electrical engineering he earned there provided him a long career as an engineer working for Sylvania in Pennsylvania, New York, and Mountain View, and then for Varian Associates in Palo Alto. During World War II, he worked on a top secret project that helped win the war, the proximity fuze. He became an expert in high power traveling wave tubes, and for most of his career specialized in satellite communications. His co-workers say he was always helpful, and he mentored many younger engineers. He was pleased to be mentioned in Norm Pond's book The Tube Guys. Bob lived in Los Altos for more than 50 years. He and Chella enjoyed traveling, and he was proud to have driven a car in all fifty states, plus Canada, Mexico, and Europe. Bob was very handy and could fix just about anything. He loved Big Band music and had a playful sense of humor. Donations appreciated to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. At rest at Alta Mesa Memorial Park, Palo Alto. Arrangements by Colonial Mortuary, Mountain View.

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