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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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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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Gunn students shoot for high-tech success

Titan Computer Services scores major account

You're never too young to be an entrepreneur. Just ask the employees at one of Silicon Valley's youngest companies, Titan Computer Services. Located in Sunnyvale, the firm is founded and staffed by a group of Gunn High School students.

The students, ranging from juniors to graduated seniors, formed the company after taking a two-semester computer repair and maintenance class offered at Gunn. The class met at 7 a.m. and was part of the Regional Occupational Program, which helps students acquire hands-on experience and marketable skills.

Jim Thrall, a resident of Mountain View who taught the course, said he wanted the class to lead to something useful for the students. He decided on preparing the students for A+ certification, which consists of a two-part test and is the industry standard in hardware and basic operating system certification.

Essentially, Thrall said, "the students took a computer, tore it down, looked at each of the parts and put it back together again ... and made sure it all worked in the end."

Dan Pojanamat, a senior at Gunn, said, "A few students in the class decided on forming the company about halfway through the school year." Under the loose guidance of Thrall, they wrote a business plan for Titan (named after the Gunn mascot), using Microsoft Business Manager. Once summer arrived, Thrall found a warehouse-type office space for them, and they set to work.

"Although the first few weeks were slow," said Kristian Klivo, another Gunn student, "it has picked up recently."

Earlier this month, Adalis Systems contracted with TCS to upgrade all the Mailboxes Etc. locations in the Bay Area. This is approximately 110 locations, stretching from Petaluma to Gilroy.

With only a few weeks to complete the job, the staff quickly organized. They meet at the office each morning, pick up location maps and checklists, then in teams of two, head off to do on-site upgrades. Thrall said the traveling has not been too inconvenient, since "most of them just got their (driver's) licenses and are eager to be on the road."

He added this has also brought about unique problems, such as the time when the driver fell ill, and the team was stranded, because the passenger couldn't drive.

Thrall, who is also a wrestling coach at Gunn and has his own company to contend with, Vorpal Networks, said he is "very pleased with the work of the staff and (they) are ready for even more challenging work."

Besides upgrading, TCS also provides computer repair, installation of software and operating systems and assists companies in moving and setting up local area networks. TCS markets itself as a provider of "high quality and low-cost services on site at your home or business ... at a very competitive rate."

For more information, call 280-1459 or visit their Web site at www.vorpalnet.com/tcs.

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