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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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Obituary Notices

HAROLYN CROSSMAN

Harolyn Crossman, loving wife, mother, and grandmother suddenly passed away peacefully in her sleep at her Los Altos home on Sunday, January 7th 2007. Harolyn was born in Oshkosh, Nebraska January 31st 1937.

Harolyn was a former American Airlines Stewardess. She is predeceased by her son John Jr. and survived by her husband Jack Crossman, son James of Las Vegas and his wife Dianna, daughter Jennifer Bunge of Winnetka, IL and her husband Jon, brother Richard Stockman of Denver, CO, sister Judy Ward of Hutchinson, KS and five grandchildren whom she loved dearly, Johnny, Jack, Hunter, Nicholas, and Allison.

Services were held Friday, January 12 at Spangler's Mortuary, 399 S San Antonio Road, Los Altos, CA 94022.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Memphis, TN.

HELEN ROBERTA

SWEENEY

Helen Roberta Sweeney passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 8, 2007, at home with her beloved husband Joe at her side tenderly holding her hand. They had been married just a few weeks short of 71 years.

She was one of two daughters of William and Elanor Bubb. Her family is recognized in naming the present-day Bubb School and Bubb Park. The Bubb family pioneered apricot and prune cultivation in the Santa Clara Valley, having crossed the Great Plains from Missouri in 1850. Roberta was active in the Mountain View Historical Society, dedicating her later years to preserving the rich heritage of this area.

Roberta graduated from Mountain View High School and received her Bachelor's degree in Music Education from San Jose State in 1935. She loved her music and played the cello, sang and directed youth choirs, contributing to the musical happiness of many through the years. With nearly equal passion in her later years she enthusiastically supported the San Francisco Giants, much as her mother had years ago.

She was a woman of faith, active in the First Presbyterian Church of Mountain View, the church her family had helped organize over 100 years ago. She provided love and sound counsel to all who came into her life.

Roberta is survived by her husband Joseph, her two sons John and Paul and their spouses Joyce and Guillermina, a close niece Betty and her spouse Jeff, seven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, William George, and by her sister, Frances.

Her ashes will be interred at the Columbarium at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, built on the site of her childhood home. The large old oak tree that stands in front of the church held the rope swing her father hung for quiet blissful afternoons, drinking in the fertile beauty of the Valley. One of her last wishes was that Mountain View and Los Altos not forget their beautiful past years, and that we all maintain this area as the "Valley of Heart's Delight."

ROBERT G. ROGERS

Robert G. Rogers who lived in Los Altos, CA, for the past 44 years, passed away on January 1, 2007. Bob was born on July 16th, 1920 and grew up in Mexico and Texas. He learned to fly an airplane before he could drive a car, and learned to drive in a Ford Model A. He earned a Master's from Cal Tech and a PhD from the University of Texas in Austin in Electrical Engineering, did pioneering work in microwave communications and holds over a dozen patents. His book "Low Phase Noise Microwave Oscillator Design" was published in 1991. Throughout his life his hobbies included ham radio, drawing and painting, gold smithing, and making and flying RC airplanes. Bob raised his family in Ithaca, NY, and Los Altos, CA, and is survived by Mary, his wife of 51 years. Their children are Bob Jr. (wife Jan), Beverly (husband Bob, deceased), Beth (husband Jerome), and Molly (husband Peter). Bob and Mary have four grandchildren-Anna, Liz, Annika, and Tyrone. A memorial service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 1040 Border Road in Los Altos on Saturday, January 27th at 11am, followed by a reception at the church. Bob's family requests that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Santa Clara Girl Scout Council or the Alzheimer's Association.

JACQUELINE (JACKIE) ALICE TERWILLIGE

February 20, 1923 - January 15, 2007

Preceded in death by her husband, Thane Albert Terwilliger (April 2003). Survived by her loving sons Marc A. Terwilliger of Los Altos, Richard A. Terwilliger (Paula) of Venice. Three grandchildren Elizabeth, Jeremy and Daniel.

She will be deeply missed by her family and friends, but is finally back in the perfect embrace of God, who welcomes her home.

ESTELLE L. TURNEY

Born August 28,1910 in South Dakota, died Saturday January 13, 2007 at the Forum in Cupertino, CA. Estelle was the widow of Newton V. Turney. She, Newton and family relocated from Palm Beach, FL to Atherton in 1960 before moving to Los Altos Hills in 1969. The family formerly lived in Dallas, TX and West Port, CT. Estelle is survived by two daughters, Pat Ogle of Los Altos, CA and Dee Gordon of Federal Way, WA, five grandsons, four granddaughter-in-laws and seven great-grandchildren.

Estelle was a graduate from Florida State with a teaching degree in art. She was a very active and long time volunteer in several local charitable service organizations, including the Palo Alto Auxiliary at the Allied Arts supporting the Lucile Packard's Children's Hospital at Stanford, Larabee Auxiliary supporting the Peninsula Children's Council, where she was awarded the Volunteer of the Year, and the Atherton's supporting battered women.

No memorial is planned. The family will celebrate her life at a graveside burial. The family would like donations in her honor to be made to any of the above charities or to your charity of choice.

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