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"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


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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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BLSN infuses business leaders with spirituality

The long oval table in the library is set as for a board meeting.

In the center, however, are some items you'd never find in a corporate boardroom. Four white pillar candles are arranged in a square. Beside them is a prayer bowl nestled in a red-and-turquoise cushion.

The group meeting here is called a Leadership Formation Group (LFG). It operates within the Business Leadership Spirituality Network, (BLSN). The monthly meeting brings together a group of 10-12 executives to discuss business and workplace issues in a spiritual context.

Rose Camp, 48, executive VP of finance and operations at her company, was a member of the first LFG, which has been meeting since fall 2000.

"I love the combination of integrating business and spirituality," Camp said.

The BLSN grew out of the work of Andre Delbecq, who heads the Business and Spirituality Program at Santa Clara University, and John Huntington, a retired CEO who became an Episcopal priest and found a vocation serving business leaders like himself. Later the Rev. Dr. Jim Thomas, 30 years a psychologist/management consultant and now a priest, took over BLSN leadership.

The BLSN, headquartered at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Mountain View, has three LFGs so far, with the hope of expanding much farther. Its goal is to infuse spirituality at the highest levels of business.

The leader, Mary Jo Alderson, lights the candles and opens the meeting with a prayer. Then she uses an ancient spiritual technique called "lectio divina" for the group to meditate on a sacred text. She reads aloud a paraphrase of Psalm 40 three times, very slowly, with long pauses between readings. Group members reflect on what the reading meant to them.

Only after this preparation does the discussion start. Alderson takes the issues one at a time, facilitating, reflecting and drawing out threads and possible solutions for the problem. Everything said in the room is confidential.

Alderson, 54, directs the Spiritual Center at Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley. She has a business background in accounting. She thinks the time is ripe for this kind of group.

The BLSN asks for donations from participants as a percentage of their income. As it grows, it hopes to train more and more LFG facilitators and provide online networking services.

For more information about the BLSN, call Susan Slakey at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 967-4724.

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