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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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Partners for New Generations provides role models for students


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

De Anza College freshman Axel Cipres Perea, left, meets with her Partners for New Generations mentor, Sue Russell, for advice and encouragement. Cipres Perea is the first in her family to attend college.

When Axel Cipres Perea fell behind in her schoolwork at Alta Vista High School last year, mentor Sue Russell of Partners for New Generations was there to encourage her.

“Sue has always motivated me to do what I have to do,” Cipres Perea said. “She always pushed me to do my schoolwork first.”

Russell’s cheerleading helped Cipres Perea achieve new heights as the first person in her family to graduate from high school and attend college. She is now a freshman at De Anza College.

Russell and Cipres Perea met through Partners for New Generations, a Rotary Club-sponsored nonprofit organization that provides volunteer mentors for students in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District and tutors in the elementary and intermediate grades in Los Altos and Mountain View schools.

Mentors provide more than motivation to students – they serve as role models, supporters and listeners.

“With Sue, I can talk to her about anything and she won’t judge me,” Cipres Perea said. “I feel different with her. It is nice getting to know someone else who isn’t in your family. A mentor is someone who can listen to you any time you need.”

Students aren’t the only ones who benefit from the relationship.

“It’s a good feeling to have someone call you for advice,” said Russell, who has volunteered with Partners for New Generations for eight years. “Your mentee likes to see you and talk to you because maybe they can’t talk (the same way) with a parent or teacher. Everyone likes to feel appreciated or needed in some way.”

Partners’ tutors receive the same satisfaction.

A decade ago, empty-nester Wally Brunner sought a way to give back to the community. The former teacher turned to Partners and has tutored the same student for six years.

“It’s just been a terrific experience for me,” she said. “It makes my day. My student is so sweet, and I don’t have a daughter – she’s become a real friend.”

Not all tutors remain with their students for multiple years; many specialize in one grade level and help different students each year.

Donations from the Town Crier Holiday Fund will help underwrite the salaries of Partners’ three part-time coordinators, who help match mentors and students.

Those interested in becoming a mentor or tutor are invited to the Information Night, scheduled 6-7 p.m. Thursday in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Office Board Room, 1299 Bryant Ave., adjacent to Mountain View High.

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