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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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Wildfire Awareness Week gives wake-up call for LAH

Despite the recent less-than-sunny weather, the hot, dry season is right around the corner. And that means fire risk.

This week is state Wildfire Awareness Week, a reminder for residents, particularly those in Los Altos Hills, to cut back drying brush and other fire hazards around their properties if they haven’t already done so.

Between Los Altos Hills County Fire District services, classes and Web site information, residents have little excuse not to prepare. The fire district, which encompasses the town and surrounding unincorporated areas, offers a brush-chipping program twice a year, during which crews will pick up brush and tree branch cuttings. The district staffs a garden debris drop-off program at Foothill College the third Saturday of every month.

In addition, district officials have a dead pine-tree removal program in place (more than 500 trees removed thus far), and they plan to begin a eucalyptus tree program this summer in areas west of Interstate 280.

Stuart Farwell, a district fire protection consultant who has been involved in firefighting for more than 50 years, said eucalyptus trees in the hills were responsible for the devastating 1985 Los Altos Hills fire that gutted between 12 and 14 homes. Although summer weather conditions in the hills are not as conducive to big blazes as they are in other areas, Farwell noted the 1985 fire, which burned down approximately 12 homes, serves as a reminder for residents to take precautions.

A Santa Clara County weed abatement program requires homeowners to clear brush, vegetation and dry grass at least 30 feet away from structures. Houses with yard slopes exceeding 20 percent on the downhill side of the structure require 100 feet of clearance to provide what firefighters refer to as "defensible space." Property inspections were scheduled in April.

The fire district, formed in 1939, contracts with the Santa Clara County Fire Department to respond to fires and emergencies in Los Altos Hills. It contracts with experts in the installation and maintenance of water pipeline systems and installation of fire hydrants.

In addition to brush-clearing services, the district provides education through emergency-preparedness classes.

"Our intent is to give back to the taxpayer and increase the level of fire protection," Farwell said.

For more information, visit www.lahcfd.org.

Contact Bruce Barton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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