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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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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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Buchanan caps winning week by capturing CCS golf crown


Photo By: Courtesy of David Buchanan
Photo Courtesy Of David Buchanan

Andrew Buchanan of Los Altos Hills shot a 7-under-par 64 to win the CCS title last week.

Andrew Buchanan of Los Altos Hills had the kind of week most golfers only dream about.

In the span of just a few days, Buchanan shot his low round at Los Altos Golf & Country Club, advanced to a U.S. Open sectional qualifier and won the individual portion of the Central Coast Section Boys Golf Championships.

The Menlo School junior shot a blistering 7-under-par 64 at CCS, held May 15 at Rancho Cañada Golf Club in Carmel. His score tied the all-time record at the CCS championships.

“It’s hard to think you shoot 7-under or something,” said Buchanan, who enjoyed a bogey-free round. “So much has to go right.”

A lot went right for Buchanan early in his round, as he bagged birdies on holes four and five. After missing what he called “easy birdie putts” on holes six, nine and 10, Buchanan finished with a flourish. His last three holes: birdie, eagle, birdie.

“I tried to stop thinking about putting after (the missed birdie opportunities), and it paid off,” he said. “I was putting well before that and just tried to will it in the hole rather than overthink it.”

To get his eagle on 17 – a 503-yard hole – Buchanan drove his tee shot 310 yards and sank a 25-foot putt.

“I knew I had to finish strong to win,” said Buchanan, who beat runner-up Jonathan Garrick of St. Francis by two strokes.

Both golfers advanced to the Northern California Championships, scheduled Monday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline) at Butte Creek Golf Club in Chico. The top nine finishers qualify for the State Championships June 6 at San Gabriel Country Club.

“I played (at Butte Creek) last year at NorCal, and it’s not that hard of a course,” Buchanan said. “I think I’m playing well right now and have a good chance to move on, but nothing is a given in golf.”

Buchanan, however, is guaranteed a spot in the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying Tournament slated June 4 at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City. He was among only six golfers at last week’s U.S. Open Local Qualifying Tournament in Santa Cruz to advance. Buchanan tied for third, shooting 70 May 14 at Pasatiempo Golf Club.

Buchanan prepared for the local qualifier by playing a round at his home course, Los Altos Golf & Country Club, where he shot a personal-best 63.

“That gave me a boost and a lot of confidence,” he said.

In the team portion of CCS, Menlo shot 382 to finish fifth, right behind St. Francis (381). Only the top three teams moved on to NorCal.

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