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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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Local individual physicians join an IPA to offer better health care efficiency

The Santa Clara County Individual Practice Association (SCCIPA) recently announced the formation of a new senior management team and the startup of in-house administrative services designed to improve patient care and managed care efficiency.

This large and surprisingly little-known organization of 800 physicians in Santa Clara County choose to practice on their own, rather than join one of the medical clinics in San Jose, Sunnyvale or Palo Alto.

SCCIPA maintains hospital contracts with numerous hospitals in Santa Clara County, including El Camino Hospital in Mountain View. The administration also provides support to Coast Medical Clinic, an IPA that includes a number of physicians who practice at El Camino.

According to Beatrice Hoppe, public relations consultant for SCCIPA, the association has been behind the scenes for more than 10 years linking local physicians who practice medicine on their own. Presently, SCCIPA has more than 800 physicians and serves more than 100,000 local members through contracts with most California health maintenance organizations (HMOs).

"SCCIPA recently decided to invest in management and systems technology to provide their own members additional provider services. They have set up two after-hours programs to supplement medical care by their own physicians," Hoppe said.

The new programs include "On Call Advice," with registered nurses available by phone to help care for fevers, injuries or problems that come late at night or weekends when doctors' offices are closed. "Healthy Advice," a program that will help you take care of yourself through special classes on health issues such as having a baby, losing weight or stopping smoking.

According to Lawrence Bonham, M.D. chief executive and chief medical officer, two new additions were added to the senior management team to help streamline administrative services that link HMO members to the network of SCCIPA physicians.

Lawrence Williams, M.D. joined the IPA as medical director. The Los Altos resident formerly served as medical director for Foundation Health Preferred Administrators, where he developed innovative managed care systems and directed utilization review activities for 200,000 members of HMO and PPO plans.

Williams spent 20 years managing his private practice in oncology and internal medicine, and held leadership positions in El Camino Hospital programs for utilization review, quality management and information systems.

Randall D. Frakes joined the organization last year. He worked with Health Preferred Administrators (originally an El Camino start-up HMO) specializing in physician groups with capitated (payment limit) HMO contracts. He previously managed HMO and self-funded systems development for Blue Crass of California and Take Care. He will serve as executive vice president and chief operating officer

"When you join an HMO, the medical group or IPA you choose has a great impact on the care your receive," Hoppe said.

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