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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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Local develops app to preserve Alzheimer’s patients’ memories


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Woolery

After his father-in-law began to lose his conversation skills and memory during a three-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease, Los Altos resident Elijah Woolery set about creating a way for seniors and their families to document stories that might otherwise be forgotten.

A product designer, engineer and photographer, Woolery developed Storied, an iPad application that records and preserves life experiences by creating mini-documentaries from user-provided photos, video and audio.

The idea for Storied evolved after Woolery spent nearly six months as a participant in a runway accelerator program funded by Eric Schmidt, former Google CEO and current executive chairman.

“Other apps seem tedious,” Woolery said. “This is made to be super easy to use for Alzheimer’s patients and their families.”

Woolery and his project collaborator, Rylan Peery, developed the Storied app around the intuitive touch interface of the iPad, a user-friendly method for collecting stories one or two at a time.

Although gathering stories for future generations is the primary purpose of Storied, Woolery said he hopes the app will also enable Alzheimer’s patients to rekindle lost memories as they participate in the collection and viewing process.

Woolery said his father-in-law seemed to recall more events from his past after browsing his Storied photo book.

Storied has received a positive reception, Woolery said, which helps balance the roller coaster of emotions that accompany the development of a new product.

“If you make a fantastic project, people will learn about it,” he said.

Although startup funding enabled Woolery to develop a business plan for Storied, he plans to raise additional money to launch the app. If he meets a $35,000 fundraising goal through Kickstarter – an online platform for project fundraising – the app could be ready for release through iTunes by the end of December.

The basic version of the Storied app will be free for download and can be upgraded to a premium membership for users who require more archive space, sharing features or help collecting stories. Woolery expects 40,000-50,000 users during the first year of distribution.

For more information, visit bit.ly/Storiedapp.

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