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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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Special Sections

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies


Bill Steiner’s grass is green, left, even amid the drought. He followed Max Todd’s water and maintainence instructions after having his lawn aerated, Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Green lawns are not necessarily on the endangered list during the d...

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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


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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Doughnut shop to reopen with new name, new owners

Heidi Pizzo, co-owner of Donut du Jour, believes that it's time to renovate the doughnut.

Pizzo and her father and co-owner, Daniel Cottrell, 59, who was a journeyman baker for 25 years, intend to make eating a doughnut an experience of important culinary distinction.

Their shop will host a grand opening June 16 on State Street.

"I want to tweak the doughnut industry and improve its image," Pizzo said, referring to the somewhat staid image of the traditional doughnut shop serving a grease-laden array of doughnuts under harsh fluorescent lighting with linoleum floors.

"We're tearing out the linoleum floors and putting down wood floors," Pizzo said. "And those pink-colored walls will be earth tones."

She intends to take on the challenge of bringing the doughnut into equal status among consumers with a taste for croissants, biscotti and lattes. "The doughnut shop industry hasn't modernized," Pizzo said.

Donut du Jour will occupy a 600-square-foot space that has held a doughnut shop continuously since 1965. Most recently, Lucky Donuts occupied the space for about 20 years, before selling to Pizzo and Cottrell in April.

Cottrell's baking expertise should ensure that Donut du Jour delivers a superior product, Pizzo said.

"Not only does my dad know how to bake doughnuts, he has a few tricks that he adds to the recipes," Pizzo said. "My dad is a baker. He has it in his blood. It's who he is."

"Our plan is to regularly offer new products and flavors," Pizzo said. "How about a coconut cream-filled doughnut rolled in burnt coconut?"

She envisions a shop where a customer can sip a cup of coffee, eat a doughnut and relax.

"I want to know my customers by name and I want them to know us."

The shop will serve imported Italian Illy coffee, a selection of teas, homemade hot chocolate, milk, bottled water and sodas.

Menu items are priced from less than $1 to $1.75.

Donut du Jour is located at 108 State St. Hours are 5 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays and 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call (408) 595-5923.

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