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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

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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Emily Cheng becomes first Asian mayor of Los Altos Hills

Veteran Los Altos Hills Councilwoman Emily Cheng was selected to serve as the town's new mayor June 19, marking the first time a person of Asian descent has held the position.

Mike O'Malley was chosen by council colleagues -- minus an absent Dean Warshawsky -- to be vice mayor during last week's regular town hall meeting.

Cheng was first elected to council in a special election in March 2000, then re-elected November in the regular election. She served as mayor pro tem prior to taking over the mayor's seat, a one-year rotating position.

Cheng said that during her year as mayor, she plans to focus on putting an end to the hills' drainage system problems, as well as carrying on the goals of outgoing Mayor Bob Fenwick, which include the construction of a new town hall, the undergrounding of utilities project and the continued development of the hills' pathway system.

"(Fenwick) was a great mayor, and I'd like to continue the job he started," Cheng pledged to the audience. "This is the town we all love, and I want to be sure that it remains something we can all love."

The vote for Cheng was unanimously approved by the present councilmembers and met with loud applause from a packed house of Los Altos Hills residents and members of the Bay Area's Asian-American community.

Former Mayor Toni Casey, who ended her council term in 2002, made an appearance to pledge support to Cheng and point out the significance of the event.

"It's such a huge privilege to have an Asian mayor for the first time in the history of this town," she said. "(Cheng) has certainly earned this honor."

Cheng's first order of business as mayor was nominating councilman O'Malley as her mayor pro tem, which council also unanimously approved.

On giving up his center chair to Cheng, Fenwick offered some lighthearted words of wisdom to his successor.

"I don't see how anyone could do this job and stay sane," he said. "It isn't easy, but if anyone can do it, I'm sure it's you, especially someone who has been through the election process twice."

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