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News

‘Brown is the new green,’ says local water district

‘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 spendi...

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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

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Dr. Trang Ly, left, reviews blood sugar readings on a smartphone with Los Altos resident Tia Geri, right, and fellow participant Noa Simon during a closed-loop artificial pancreas study for Type 1 diabetics.
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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

CARSTEN 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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Local students sing at Breakfast With Santa


Photo By: Natalie Arsky/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Natalie Arsky/Special To The Town Crier

Students from Almond and Egan Junior High schools performed for Maltby’s customers at Breakfast With Santa Dec. 15.

More than a dozen children shared their musical and singing talents to help Santa Claus bring joy to their younger peers at Breakfast With Santa, sponsored by the Los Altos Village Association, Dec. 15 at Maltby’s Restaurant & Tavern.

Fifth- and sixth-grade Almond School chorus members and a chamber trio of Egan Junior High orchestra students performed a program that included festive poetry readings and traditional carols.

“I had just one week to form this group and put the program together and we had only two rehearsals,” Director Deborah Rockey said. “It says a lot about these kids that they were able to pull this off with such aplomb and really shows their talent and their enthusiasm.”

The program included a poetry reading of “Five Little Candles” and “Little Snowman.” As the sixth-graders recited the poems, the fifth-graders acted them out.

The chamber trio played a rendition of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “Carol of the Bells.” The chorus sang traditional favorites including “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman,” accompanied by the string trio. They also performed “The Holly and the Ivy,” accompanied by Egan student Scott Sun on keyboard.

As the chorus finished “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” Santa arrived to the delight of the young attendees.

“This is the fourth year we’ve done Breakfast with Santa,” said owner James Maltby. “It’s a fabulous holiday tradition we’ve got going here.”

Choral performers included Peyton Rockey, Katrina Arsky, Sasha Graeser, Kayla Jackson, Sydney Rogers, Manasi Sastry, Elise Walker, Lily Szalay, Sophia Hwang, Abbey Mesel and Adrienne Mitchel. Casey Rockey, Scott Sun and Nathan Mesel formed the chamber trio.

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