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"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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VIVIAN BERNICE STRUVEN PACE


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December 1, 1911-

September 5, 2012

Vivian Pace, a long-time resident of Los Altos, passed away on September 5, 2012.

Vivian was born December 1, 1911, and was raised in the Mission District of San Francisco by Frederick and Clementina Struven. She was a 4th generation Californian. Vivian was a star athlete and graduated from Mission High School in 1929 and went on to attend San Francisco State University (then San Francisco State Teacher’s College).

Her grandparents’ home in San Jose stood on the site of what is now the Center for Performing Arts. Vivian saw many changes between San Francisco and San Jose where each of her grandparents lived and she spent much time. She was a descendant of the Murphy family, early California pioneers, who settled Murphy Station, now called Sunnyvale. She often told her grandchildren stories of the history of the Santa Clara Valley and its sea of white blossoms and its beauty. She remembered the large canneries, riding around the valley in a buggy with her grandfather, checking on the family orchards, and enjoying her fill of prunes and apricots. Vivian’s parents were in the furniture business in San Francisco from 1906 to 1954. Her father, Fred, founded Struven Furniture Company at 16th and Valencia after the 1906 earthquake.

Vivian loved community service and civic engagement. She was a past Queen of Job’s Daughters, and past Matron of Eastern Star with the Peninsula Chapter in Burlingame. She drove a forklift during World War II. She served as Brownie and Scout leader for not only her own daughters, but also for one of her granddaughters. Vivian was active in two PTAs, in which she received an honorary Life Membership. She learned to snow ski at age 59, she rode on her grandson-in-law’s motorcycle when she was in her 80s, and attended California history and exercise classes at Foothill College and Cubberley Community Center into her 90s. She was a member of Welcome Wagon and Garden House Seniors of Los Altos. She was a volunteer at St. Simon’s School for many years. She drove until her 98th birthday. Vivian enjoyed a full 100 years and maintained her independence until the end.

Vivian was preceded in death by her husband and life-long love, Rear Admiral James R. Pace, USN. They lived in many places, including TsingTao, China, and raised their family in Burlingame. Vivian is survived by 3 daughters: Carol Covarrubias of Folsom, Margo McKay of Arlington VA, and Jamie Reynolds of Los Altos; 6 grandchildren: Michael and Bryant Scofield, Eileen Mack, Daniel Farren, Lisa Lavering, and Stephanie Flores; 13 great-grandchildren, and her beloved Schnauzer, Morgen.

She will be buried with her husband in Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held in her honor on Saturday, October 6, 2012, at 1:00 pm, at Los Altos Lutheran Church, with a reception immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Vivian’s memory may be made to Canine Companions

for Independence, 2965 Dutton Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95407, or online at www.cci.org.

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