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"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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Downtown deli burglarized

Photo Elliott Burr/Town Crier

Italian Delicatessen owner Tamar Sloan surveys how suspects broke into the Main Street store.

Unidentified suspects broke into the Italian Delicatessen at 139 Main St. Easter morning, stealing a meat-slicing machine and $100 in cash.

Los Altos Police Capt. Andy Galea said there were no witnesses or leads as of the Town Crier’s Monday press deadline, but officers are investigating neighboring businesses’ security cameras for signs of suspicious activity.

Deli owner Tamar Sloan said the incident likely happened between 5:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. April 4. She said her bread supplier arrived at the deli at 5:30 a.m. and didn’t notice any damage, but when she arrived three hours later, a window had been broken and the $1,200 meat slicer was missing from the counter.

“We hardly ever use the (meat slicer),” Sloan said. “It just sucks that they broke into my store. … If it were kids, they probably would’ve taken beer.”

Sloan said she and other employees spotted a rock allegedly used in the burglary near the deli’s back door two days prior to the incident, but they didn’t think anything of it at the time.

Galea said any leads would likely stem from stolen property showing up elsewhere.

“The meat-slicing machine is a distinctive object,” he said. “Chances are, (the suspects) are going to try and sell it. … A lot of times we find that victims are very resourceful in tracking down their own (stolen) property.”

Sloan said she and her employees have kept a watchful eye on Craigslist and eBay to see if the meat slicer shows up for sale.

Galea urged anyone with information to call the police department at 947-2770.

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

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