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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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Comment

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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Letters to the Editor

Rancho's personal service 'a little tired?'

As I read that Rancho Hardware was closing its doors (Jan. 24 Town Crier), my heart sank. Another landmark of our little town is to become history. The new landlord of the property states that Rancho Hardware "... seems a little tired." His perception of "a little tired" is not the perception of the thousands of residents who frequented the hardware store throughout the years. The implication of the article is that the rent was raised, forcing the decades-old business to close. A business like Rancho Hardware fit our community as well as the gloves it sold.

The owner and employees greeted each customer and individually provided time and personal service. If an item was not to be found, they would order it or tell the customer where to get it. The surveillance mirrors in one of our junior high schools were specially ordered by Rancho Hardware and hand delivered, I might add, by one of the employees. Maybe those notions, too, are a little tired.

As a teacher who has resided in Los Altos for 35 years, I have seen many former teenage students gleaning valuable work and practical experience as employees of Rancho Hardware. Do the Big Box stores that he has implied Los Altans frequent do the same?

The landlord wants to "put somebody in there that is consistent with parking and the community." He doesn't realize that "tired" Rancho Hardware, with its friendliness, service, diligence and unique charm, represents the vision of "community" for most of our residents.

This same landlord is also the developer of a major three-story project in Los Altos on San Antonio Road (Jan. 31 Town Crier). Perhaps there is still time to divert some of the profits he is sure to reap and apply them to offset the rent increase that was foisted on Rancho Hardware. He should do everything in his power to keep this charming and unique piece of community viable and available for Los Altans. Maybe it is not too late.

Cindy Andrews

Los Altos

Seriously not amused by vandalism

I just spent two hours cleaning up what must have been 20 rolls of 2-ply toilet paper from my trees and bushes. This is the fourth time this has happened, and I am not amused.

Last month it was two dozen eggs smashed against my house. Seriously not amused. On Halloween night it was TP and human feces, on my steps and car. Completely and unequivocably not amused. My 15-year-old son is pretty sure who the culprits are, but we do not have enough proof to confront them.

After the feces incident, I contacted the sheriff and he said he is helpless, as these actions are considered a prank and not a misdemeanor. Even the fact that there are running all over my property is not a crime unless I post big "No Trespassing" signs and actually catch them.

So, I am asking for help from the community and, mostly, from these kids' parents. A question: do you know where your darlings are on weekend nights between midnight and 5 a.m.? How would you feel if this were your house being targeted again and again?

I am angry that these kids are so unsupervised and so unfeeling as to hit us again and again. Please, find something constructive to do!

Katharine Lang

Los Altos Hills

Are parking limits really necessary?

On Feb. 2, I received a parking citation in one of the lots between Main and State streets. The violation was for exceeding the parking time of two hours (by 22 minutes).

What are our city fathers thinking when Los Altos has vacant stores where businesses were forced to close due to high rents? What are our city fathers thinking when Los Altos limits the time you can park downtown to use available services, like hair salons, and then can't stay for lunch or browse shops without having to move your car?

Is it any wonder that our lovely city is driving residents to the malls, where one can spend many hours with free parking?

I have lived in Los Altos 33 years and I have never had a problem finding a parking space no matter what time of day. Residents and visitors should not be fined because they want to remain downtown for more than two hours.

It is time the Los Altos City Council reconsider this unnecessary law.

Mary Popek

Los Altos

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