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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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Council hears annexation request from residents

The Los Altos Hills City Council considered a plea from residents of West Loyola Drive last week to have their neighborhood - in the unincorporated San Antonio Hills area - annexed to the town.

Last week's request is among numerous attempts by annexation proponents over the years to move county-controlled properties into either Los Altos or Los Altos Hills. This push for annexation was sparked by Santa Clara County's practice of not providing the area with access to public sewer systems. West Loyola residents have instead relied on individual, private party septic systems, which have been gradually failing and in need of replacement for years.

The county, meanwhile, is directing property owners to incorporate into Los Altos Hills so that West Loyola residents could gain access to the town's Los Altos and Palo Alto sewer connections.

West Loyola's request comes on the heels of last year's approved annexation of the 54-acre Ravensbury Avenue neighborhood, where the town's sewer connections were also the driving factor.

This time around, Los Altos Hills stands to gain 65 acres from the San Antonio Hills territory, which comprises nearly 200 acres of what the council has deemed part of the "sphere of influence," or neighboring lands.

It was this very notion that perked up the ears of Los Altos Hills City Councilman Mike O' Malley during the March 6 town hall meeting.

"We have an obligation as good citizens of this town to annex them," he said. "Any area within the sphere is our duty to look after."

Obligated or not, gaining annexation could prove to be a bumpier road than West Loyola residents may have realized. The town has already reached its capacity for sewer contracts with the city of Los Altos, according to the town's planning director, Carl Cahill.

In addition, Los Altos Hills has typically stood by a policy of no city services to unincorporated areas in the past.

Another concern on the table is whether or not annexing the neighborhood would be advantageous for the town.

"Fiscally, there are very few developments that'll go on in that area," Councilman Breene Kerr said. "We have to ask whether this will be a benefit or a burden for us."

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