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News

‘Brown is the new green,’ says local water district

‘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 spendi...

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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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Special Sections

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Dr. Trang Ly, left, reviews blood sugar readings on a smartphone with Los Altos resident Tia Geri, right, and fellow participant Noa Simon during a closed-loop artificial pancreas study for Type 1 diabetics.
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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


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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Business Briefs

Legato Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:LGTO) has announced the launch of its customer certification and consultant certification programs. The programs provide both intensive hands-on technical training and on-site knowledge transfer.

"As distributed environments grow more complex, there is an increased need for (information technology) staff and system integrators to have strong skills in implementing and maintaining data protection," said Mark Diamond, director of professional services. "Legato has developed these programs to ensure that the technical staff of both our customers and partners develop and maintain the skills for deploysing Legato products in these environments. This, in turn, results in a higher return on investment for the customer.

For more information visit the Legato Web site at www.legato.com.

Cordingly named BAL president

BAL Associates, Software and Hardware Consulting Services of Los Altos has announced the promotion of Glenn Cordingley to president of the high-tech recruiting company. Cordingly takes responsibility for BAL's East and West Coast operations. Formerly vice president of sales and marketing for BAL, he will continue to oversee the company's sales and marketing functions. He reports to founder and former president, Brahm Levin. Levin retains the title of chief executive officer and will supervise the company's role as a leading supplier of contract and permanent employees to Silicon Valley technology companies.

The transition comes during a period of change for BAL, which was recently purchased by Personnel Group of America, a $600-million North Carolina company specializing in temporary services.

Founded in 1989, BAL specializes in qualifying and placing high-end software and hardware engineers. For more information call 951-6016.

Varian's first product returns, briefly

Blackberry jam is one way Varian Associates is reminding its past and present employees of the fun the founders had when the company was a startup 50 years ago.

The story is that in 1948 finances were tight for the fledgling firm and the founders' spouses helped out. Once, Charlie Litton of Litton Industries gave them a flat of fresh blackberries. Two innovative wives decided to make jam in the empty research and development lab during lunchtime. While stirring the jam pot on the two-burner stove, they were surprised by a visit from a potential customer for a klystron, one of the firm's first products. The customer jokingly referred to the jam as one of Rus Varian's "strange experiments." That Christmas he received a jar of "Varian's first product line" with a note saying the jam was not available for re-order, but he could have as many klystrons as he wanted.

Varian is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a limited production of its blackberry jam. The global company, boasted $1.4 billion in 1997 revenues. It holds more than 10,000 patents.

Business after-hours mixer

Los Altos Sub-Acute & Rehabilitation Center will host the June 3 Los Altos Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Mixer. The event is scheduled from 5:30-7 p.m. at the center, 809 Fremont Ave.

For information, call 948-6238.

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