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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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Leadership in government begins early for Los Altos Hills Youth Commissioners


Photo By: COURTESY OF LAH YOUTH COMMISSION
Photo Courtesy Of Lah Youth Commission The Halloween Monster Bash Dance is among the events the Los Altos Hills Youth Commission organizes.

Although Leonardo Patmore-Zarcone, a junior at Los Altos High School, expresses frustration with the way some adult members of the community stereotype him and other youth, he said he feels empowered to change that perspective through his leadership as co-chairman of the Los Altos Hills Youth Commission.

After learning about the Youth Commission through his mother, Patmore-Zarcone applied and began serving in spring 2010. Created in 2009 to connect local youth, the 20-member commission advises the Community Relations Committee.

“I’ve gotten more into how government works since I joined the commission,” said Patmore-Zarcone. “I’m inspired to be more involved in the community.”

Like their adult counterparts on the town’s 14 standing committees and commissions, Youth Commission members are appointed after submitting an application and presenting a 1-2 minute speech before the council. Even though many can’t yet drive or vote, these young volunteer commissioners take their civic responsibilities seriously.

“You should try (to attend all meetings) or you’ll be a bit uninformed,” said A.J. Uppal, a seventh-grader who attends Bullis Charter School.

Uppal serves as one of three associate members and looks forward to joining his older sister, Sonia, on the commission when a seat opens.

“You can create things and be involved with innovation – not just go on the computer and get your brain moldy,” he said.

 

In addition to attending meetings twice a month, the 20-member Los Altos Hills Youth Commission organizes several events a year, including the Halloween Monster Bash and a movie night for junior high school students.

At last month’s town Hoedown, commissioners coordinated the children’s craft tables, operated the cider press and served popcorn and ice cream. The commission also volunteers at the annual Pathways Run and the Los Altos Hills Town Picnic.

“The community gives us so much,” said Youth Commissioner Sonia Uppal, a freshman at Los Altos High School. “It’s a great way to give back.”

In the next few weeks, the Youth Commission will finalize logistics for the Halloween Monster Bash Dance, scheduled 7-10 p.m. Oct. 27 at American Legion Hall No. 558, 347 First St., Los Altos. The commission has already hired a disc jockey and selected decorations. It is now coordinating details for the food and drinks they plan to serve to area high school students.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Sonia Uppal, who is eager to see the rewards of her event-planning skills. “You get to meet other high school students from all over the city.”

For more information, visit facebook.com/LAHYC/events.

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