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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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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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Special Sections

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies


Bill Steiner’s grass is green, left, even amid the drought. He followed Max Todd’s water and maintainence instructions after having his lawn aerated, Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Green lawns are not necessarily on the endangered list during the d...

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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


Shaw

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

The race is on

School has started at St. Francis. How do I know? Not by reading "Welcome Back" banners on campus, but the roar of cars, trucks and SUVs as they race to the finish line, the parking lot at St. Francis.

Yes, the annual fall ritual of racing to school is on. To avoid traffic congestion on Miramonte Avenue, many of those young drivers chose Russell Avenue as a speed-way shortcut. I've waved at these speeding drivers to slow down, but most are going so fast they don't even see me.

Parents, teachers, drivers - please, we all share these lovely Los Altos streets. Slow down, leave home earlier, walk or bike, take the bus.

Avoid an ugly accident that could ruin your life. Ease up on the gas pedal and use your legs to race to that first class.

Susan Besser

Los Altos

Don't add more concrete

In response to a recent article published in the Aug. 29 issue of the Town Crier, I'd like to point out the following:

The idea of adding concrete sidewalk to what most would consider "semi-rural Los Altos" would be the Number One significant degradation of the aesthetics and atmosphere of our community.

The visual aesthetics of sidewalks along our paved and graveled streets would change the character of our town forever.

While I understand the need for bicycle access and pedestrian access, the physical introduction of concrete sidewalks is not the answer.

As a bicycle rider and father of three children, I understand these concerns, but would rather explore other alternatives to the issues raised than simply add more concrete to our residential neighborhoods.

Bill Maston

Los Altos

Does justification for Segway add up?

For a city that is constantly pleading poor-mouth when it comes to revenues, I find it totally irresponsible for the city council to have approved a $7,000 expenditure for a Segway when the problem may be inefficient ticket-writing.

Assuming an 8-hour day with two 20-minute breaks, walking 5 to 8 miles per day is equivalent to doing I mile in 57 to 91 minutes.

Considering that a person in reasonably good physical shape ought to be able to walk a leisurely mile in 20 minutes, the officer is either out of shape or he is spending too much time writing tickets.

If the ticket-writing is slowing him down, it would have been better to buy him a digital camera or some other input device to speed up the ticket-writing rather than waste money on a Segway while our infrastructure is decaying before our eyes due to all the deferred maintenance by the city.

Additionally, the article on the Segway in the Town Crier is misleading in that it says staff anticipates a 50 percent increase in enforcement with the addition of the Segway.

Yet, in another paragraph, staff anticipates a 30 percent increase in revenue due to increased enforcement and an increase in the cost of the fines.

How can the fines go up by 67 percent and 233 percent and enforcement by 50 percent and have only a 30 percent increase in revenue?

Sounds like justification math to me.

Edward Kelley

Los Altos

Memories of junior high

Thank you for your splendid "Comment" in the Aug. 29 issue. In particular, your comment that junior high is a weird time hit me.

I grew up in Santa Cruz, where I attended Branciforte Junior High School. My father was an auto mechanic, and nobody in my family had gone to college. So, in the ninth grade I met with my homeroom teacher to select my career at Santa Cruz High, and chose machine shop, one of the trade courses.

My teacher noted my good grades in math and science and suggested college prep instead. But I said I was not going to college.

We debated it some and compromised on a study course called general culture, designed for non-college students. However, when I graduated in 1938, I discovered that most of the general culture courses were the college prep courses.

I had been hoodwinked by this clever teacher in junior high.It led me to graduate from UC Berkeley as an electrical engineer. I worked as a combat information center officer in the Navy during World War II and finally as a manager of space projects at NASA Ames.

All because of this astute junior high teacher.

Also, I appreciated your comments on SUVs and lockers at the present schools. Right on!

John Foster

Los Altos

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