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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

CARSTEN 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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Lawyer claims truck driver should have seen LAH cyclist

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The family of a Los Altos Hills cyclist killed Nov. 4 in a collision with a big rig has hired an attorney to act on its behalf in the ongoing inquiry into the cause of the accident. John M. Feder, an attorney with Rouda, Feder, Tietjen & McGuinn, alleged last week that the truck driver, Gabriel Manzur Vera, 44, should have seen Lauren Perdriau Ward, 47, who was wearing bright clothing and riding a pink Trek bicycle. “We know if the truck driver paid proper attention, he would not have missed seeing her,” Feder said. “We’ve been told he said he didn’t see her. … It’s mind-boggling.” Information surfaced last week that Vera was involved in similar fatal accidents in 2003 and 2007. California Highway Patrol spokesman Art Montiel confirmed last week that Vera was not found at fault in either incident. The CHP is withholding Vera’s statement to avoid influencing witness accounts, according to Montiel. Montiel said Vera was linked to the death of cyclist John Myslin, 25, in Santa Cruz in 2007 and a Dec. 31, 2003, fatality in Monterey. He couldn’t substantiate whether the 2003 accident involved a cyclist or a vehicle. According to Santa Cruz County Superior Court documents, Vera’s employer, Castroville-based Randazzo Enterprises Inc., reached a $1.5 million settlement in March with Myslin’s parents, Paul and Maria Myslin. “It’s shocking to many people (that Vera) should be allowed to still drive a big rig,” Feder said. Feder said his legal team retained experts in accident reconstruction to investigate whether Vera was at fault in the latest incident. Feder has not filed a lawsuit against Vera or Randazzo, but after the investigation, he may seek compensation for harm the family has suffered. Ward, a nurse and mother of two Mountain View High School students, and Vera were traveling westbound side-by-side on Alpine Road in Portola Valley near the Highway 280 overpass when the two collided. Police said Ward, who died on the scene, was riding on the truck’s left in the middle of three lanes. The road does not have bike lanes. Ward “was a very experienced, safety-conscious cyclist,” Feder said. “We believe she was doing everything right.” Reached by phone last week, a Randazzo employee would not comment on Vera’s record or whether he is still employed at the company. As of the Town Crier’s Monday press deadline, calls to Ward’s husband, Bob, were not returned. Lauren Ward, who advocated bicycle safety, once sent the Town Crier a letter to the editor, published in January 2009. “A bicycle is very vulnerable, like a pedestrian, to any sort of accident,” she wrote. “A car is a mode of transportation that, when mishandled, will cause death to its occupants and others.” Contact Elliott Burr at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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