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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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Town grateful for committee volunteers: From the Mayor’s Desk

Los Altos Hills recently celebrated the contributions of volunteers who serve the town. There is a strong sense of community fabric in Los Altos Hills made possible by the two commissions, 13 standing committees and several special appointments. These volunteers augment the terrific work that our town staff performs every day.

The most important consideration for our town is emergency preparedness, and we have several organizations that address this imperative. The Community Emergency Response Team, which now boasts 187 members, trains neighbors to help neighbors in the event of an emergency. The Los Altos Hills County Fire District provides tremendous support by training and funding the program, and the Emergency Communications Committee, comprising local ham radio experts, augments their work.

There are several other public safety initiatives in town, including the Traffic Safety Committee, which focuses on assessing and mitigating traffic problems.

The Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition has partnered with the committee to educate cyclists and drivers on the courtesy required to share the road safely.

The Pathways Committee contributes to public safety by providing safe passage for walkers, runners and equestrians on Los Altos Hills’ 90 miles of pathways.

We have several other committees that provide invaluable services to residents. The Open Space Committee conducts training on topics ranging from sudden oak death to mountain lion education. The Water Conservation Committee provides guidance on how to landscape with minimal water consumption.

The Environmental Initiatives Committee has done extensive work to increase the town’s use of renewable energy and conduct money-saving energy audits of high-energy-consuming homes.

Many are familiar with the work of the Planning Commission, which provides objective guidelines for new and remodeled home development that balances the rights of owners with the property values of the neighborhood. The Environmental Design and Protection Committee collaborates closely with the Planning Commission to provide guidance on landscaping plans.

The Parks and Recreation Committee may be one of the most visible committees in town – it organizes the Hoedown, the Pathways Run, the Hopping Hounds Easter Biscuit Hunt, the Holiday Barn Lighting, Los Altos Hills Family events and several other activities. The committee also partners with Hidden Villa and Deer Hollow Farm to organize activities for Los Altos Hills residents.

Our other commissions and committees – History, Education, Community Relations, Youth, Senior and Finance – all add value to the quality of life in Los Altos Hills. Be assured that the town is grateful for the work, energy and time all of our volunteers contribute.

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