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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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Mild mannered administrator becomes 'Captain Zero' to Loyola students' delight

Loyola School kindergartners learn their numbers in many ways, but they have most fun with the mysterious visits of the legendary Captain Zero, who secretly visits the school every 10th day and leaves his "zero treats" - lifesavers, pretzels, and other goodies - which are, or course, counted (and consumed) by one and all.

This activity is well integrated with the district math program.

"The concept of zero is actually very abstract, so this makes it real and accessible to the children," said Loyola Principal Kit Cosgriff. "Zero the hero has been a tremendously motivating character for our kindergartners."

On the 100th day of school, Captain Zero visits the class in person, much to the excitement and anticipation of the children. This year, Shari Elmer's class was surprised by none other than Dick Liewer, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction of the Los Altos School District (incognito, of course), who gamely donned the duds of the famous Captain Zero, red cape, tights and all.

"Dick was my principal when I taught at Blach Junior High School," Elmer said. "I know how much he likes being in a classroom and how much he likes kids, so I thought I could talk him into it pretty easily. It didn't take too much talking."

Liewer led the children in a dance around the room, played counting games, sang songs and answered questions, and left them with doughnuts as a 100th-day-of-school treat.

"I think its delightful to work with kindergartners - they're still so full of wonder and they're so literal in their impressions of things," said Liewer of the experience. "And it's a lot more fun than sitting in the office computing the CAT5 results for the district," he added.

The kindergartners were delighted by the appearance of their famous visitor.

"He gave us treats - shaped like zeros," said Trevor Campbell.

"He came in real life." added Kristen Maher. "I want him to come again!"

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