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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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Business Briefs

Rambus Inc. reports third-quarter revenues

Rambus Inc. recently reported third-quarter revenues of $31.7 million, down 18 percent from the second quarter, primarily due to lower patent royalty revenue, but up 14 percent from the same quarter last year, attributed to agreements signed with Samsung during the first quarter of 2010. Year-to-date revenue for the nine months that ended Sept. 30 totaled $232.5 million, up 183 percent over the same period last year.

“Revenue for the quarter was down sequentially, as anticipated patent license renewals did not complete by quarter end, however, those negotiations are active and proceeding well,” Rambis President and CEO Harold Hughes said. “During the quarter, we did sign a patent license agreement with Nvidia for certain memory controller patents on a going-forward basis and expect to receive the first payment in November.”

Total operating costs and expenses for the third quarter of 2010 were $43.2 million, which included a $10.3 million gain related to the Samsung settlement, $7.5 million of stock-based compensation expenses and $1.2 million for previous stock-based compensation restatement and related legal expenses. Year-to-date expenses through Sept. 30 were $48.5 million, which included a $116.5 million gain related to the Samsung settlement, $23.2 million of stock-based compensation expenses and $3.4 million for previous stock-based compensation restatement and related legal expenses.

For more information, visit www.rambus.com.

Housing market rallies in September

The National Association of Realtors reported that existing-home sales, which include single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, jumped 10 percent from August to an annual rate of 4.53 million in September but remained 19 percent below the pace in September 2009, when first-time buyers were ramping up in advance of the initial deadline for the tax credit last November. Single-family home sales alone increased 10 percent from August but were 19.5 percent below the September 2009 pace.

Sales of single-family detached homes in California saw their second consecutive monthly gain, according to the California Association of Realtors. Statewide home resale activity rose 3.8 percent in September to a seasonally adjusted rate of 466,580, up from August’s 449,290. The September pace was down 12.2 percent from the same time last year.

The local picture shows sales of single-family detached homes Santa Clara County down 3.7 percent in September from the previous month and down 22.2 percent from the same time last year, although Cupertino, Los Gatos, Menlo Park and Sunnyvale saw increases in single-family home sales from August, according to MLSListings Inc.

Nationwide, the median existing single-family home price was $172,600 in September, down 1.9 percent from a year ago. In California, the median price of an existing, single-family detached home was $309,900, up 4.5 percent from the $296,610 median price for the same period a year ago.

In Santa Clara County, the median price dropped slightly by 2.1 percent to $620,000, though it is up 12 percent from the same time last year. Los Altos had a median price of $1.56 million.

Rates for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage are hovering around 4.4 percent, though worry over the job market prevails, which ultimately affects not only the housing market, but the entire economy, according to Jeff Bell, president of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors.

“Of course, jobs must return to the market for many Americans to even consider homeownership,” Bell said. “But buyers who have reviewed their finances and believe they are in a secure position to become homeowners have an opportunity to take advantage of affordability conditions in today’s market.”

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