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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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Team effort propels Bobby Sox team to national tourney

Perhaps the best thing about Bobby Sox softball, according to Cathy DiLeonardo, is that if you're on the team, you'll get on the field.

"Everybody plays," said DiLeonardo, manager of the Mountain View Bobby Sox 4A Division All-Stars. "It's fair."

And in Mountain View's case, the 13 team members did more than just play. DiLeonardo said each one of them contributed to Mountain View's success this summer.

"It was every girl who made the difference for this team at some point or another," she said.

The team of 16-and-under players from Mountain View, Los Altos and Sunnyvale recently capped a season in which it "did the best any Mountain View team has ever done," DiLeonardo said.

After winning its district in dramatic fashion, the squad placed fifth out of 16 teams in the Bobby Sox National Tournament of Champions.

Mountain View went 2-2 at the double-elimination tourney, held Aug. 2-4 in Buena Park, and was the only team to knock off eventual champ Pico Rivera.

Mountain View's roster changed a little from the district to the national competitions - a few players had previous commitments - but others stepped up in their stead.

"They were incredible," said DiLeonardo, whose husband Carl was on her coaching staff. "They worked hard and everything turned out great."

Mountain View began the national with a pair of wins. The girls topped Claremont 10-7 in the opener, with half their runs coming in the first inning when they batted around.

"They came out hitting phenomenally," DiLeonardo said. "They did really well."

Mountain View then squeaked by host team Pico Rivera 2-1. Celeste Guasch helped preserve the victory by running down a long fly ball in the seventh inning with two outs and runners on.

"It was an incredible catch," DiLeonardo said. "I thought it was gone; the field didn't have fences."

Earlier in the game, Guasch stole home for what proved to be the winning run.

Mountain View was eliminated from the event with back-to-back losses to Lakeside and the same Pico Rivera team it beat earlier. Mountain View fell 7-1 to Lakeside and 8-2 to Pico Rivera.

In the district tourney, played June 29-30 in Milpitas, Mountain View won five of its six games to advance to the national.

DiLeonardo said Mountain View's "bats were alive" in the district competition.

Alicia Olmos totaled 10 hits to lead the team with a .588 batting average; Genny DiLeonardo hit safely in all six games (nine hits total) and led Mountain View in slugging percentage (.684); Briahna Rousseau, Caitlin Mulloy and Ellie Aragon each had seven hits; Stephanie Jackson blasted a grand slam; and Megan Keefhaver produced five hits.

The team's top pitchers for the season included Olmos and Keefhaver, with Ciara Mirana turning out what the manager described as "a gutsy" pitching performance in the district tourney.

Also helping out along the way with clutch plays in the field and at the plate were Venice Higareda, Patty Garnero, Dana Schmitz and Lindsay O'Hearn.

With such a young team - the players were all between the ages of 13-15 - DiLeonardo said Mountain View should be able make another run at the national title next summer.

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