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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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Twelve residents take out papers for city council race in November

Mountain View

Eleven potential candidates have collected nomination papers for the city of Mountain View 2002 General Municipal Election. They must be filed by Thursday to appear on the November ballot.

Those who successfully file papers will vy for four positions: three city council offices with four-year terms, and one with a two-year term.

The candidate elected for the two-year term will take the place of Mario Ambra, who was thrown out of office for misconduct in May when he was deemed to have used his public position allegedly to influence city decisions from which he might have benefited financially.

As yet, none of those who have shown interest in the positions have filed their candidacy.

Among the seven potential nominees so far for the four-year seat, current Vice-Mayor Mike Kasperzak, nearing the end of his first term in office, will be the only incumbent elective officer in the race. Kasperzak said he would be filing his candidacy papers by the end of the week.

"It's going to be a challenging race, and hopefully the work I have done in the past four years will give me an edge," he said. "But there have been incumbents who ran in the past and were defeated, so I cannot be overly confident."

Also potentially running for the four-year seat is two-time former Mayor Patricia Figueroa, who served as a council member for 16 years.

Figueroa has spent most of her time over the last three years helping various non-profit community service organizations in Mountain View. She now hopes to redirect her efforts and time toward the city, she said.

The election may also see some new yet not unfamiliar faces taking council seats.

Local businesswoman and community activist Rosiland Bivings, who ran for office in 1992 but lost by 74 votes, said she would be filing her candidacy papers at the end of the week.

"I feel like the community needs a more diverse representation and that what I will bring to this council will appeal to a lot of people," she said.

Additionally, there are four candidates who may be running for the two-year seat, including Bruce Karney, chairman of the Oldhen Mountain View Neighborhood Association and one of the key figures in the push to defeat Measure N, which would have allowed Home Depot to build a warehouse in a residential area of Mountain View.

Karney hopes that applying for the two-year seat will increase his chances of election.

"There are some really great people looking to run for the four-year seats that I admire greatly and am glad I won't have to compete with," he said. "I feel that with the two-year seat I have a really good shot."

The 2002 General Municipal Election for the city of Mountain View is scheduled to take place Nov. 4. All new elected officials will begin their terms in January 2003.

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