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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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Comment

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

CARSTEN 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


Shaw

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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LAH council sets April 3 hearing for debate over Adobe Creek restoration

The Los Altos Hills City Council will be meeting residents at an April 3 public hearing as it mulls over proposed improvements to Adobe Creek, plans that have proven highly controversial.

At issue is work targeted for a quarter-mile section of the creek near Fremont Road and Edith Avenue. Santa Clara Valley Water District officials want the council to approve two easement transfers so they can rebuild the Edith bridge, add concrete reinforcement and widen the creek bed. The district's goal is to accommodate the possibility of a 100-year flood - a flood of such magnitude that it occurs on the average of once every 100 years.

Most residents in what the district calls the Reach 5 section support the district going forward. They acknowledge the plan is flawed and overblown, but those in favor say a flawed plan is better than no plan.

"What we have is 13 neighbors trying to solve a desperate problem," said Terese Blockus, who lives on the Los Altos side of the creek. "With all the pros and cons, (the project) is the district's best-faith effort."

But resident D.J. Rogez, who stands to lose most of his back yard to the project, vowed to fight the plan every step of the way. He said he is not only fighting for his property but also for West Edith Park, much of which will be affected by the construction work.

Greg Zlotnick, district 5 director for the water district, said Rogez knew about the easement and that he would be building in a flood plain when he bought his Fremont Road property.

Eleven of the 13 residents in the Reach 5 zone favor the project, but many are concerned with the district's planned removal of nearly 140 trees. District officials said they will replant along the creek bank after construction.

Also at issue are district plans to restore the creek channel at Reach 7, which includes rebuilding the Burke Road bridge over the creek. Residents fear if this work is done with nothing done to Reach 5, the risk of flooding will increase.

"We'll going to make a decision on the water district proposal based on work they're going to do in Reach 7 that will affect reaches 5 and 6," said Councilman Mike O'Malley.

For Blockus, the thought of the tree-shaded creek area turning into a construction zone has her concerned. "There still is going to be a change - it might take 5-10 years (for regrowth). But is it better than nothing? Is it going to benefit the majority of people? And can it look the best it can with it being an eyesore?" Blockus said.

She dismissed talk about extensive damage to West Edith Park. Blockus said 24 trees would be felled, including 12 eucalyptus, leaving 70 percent of the park's trees alone. She also noted the district would keep two park trails and the only fencing involved are 2-foot fences to protect plantings.

The Adobe Creek issue also will be discussed during a joint meeting of the Los Altos and Los Altos Hills city councils on March 31 at Los Altos City Hall.

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