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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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Police Blotter

Mtn. View police arrest cold-case murder suspect

Using DNA testing to resurrect a long-dormant murder investigation, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office identified a suspect in Saba Girmai’s murder. The 21-year-old woman was strangled and left in a supermarket dumpster in a shopping center on North Shoreline Boulevard in Mountain View in 1985. She was a resident of the San Jose area.

According to the Mountain View Police Department, no “significant leads” developed in the years that followed her death. But in 2010, the district attorney’s crime laboratory created a DNA profile from evidence on the victim’s fingernails allegedly identifying Daniel Garcia, now 53, of Fresno. He had not been previously linked to Girmai.

Mountain View police and the district attorney’s office began to reinvestigate the case. After interviewing Garcia, they charged and arrested him with Girmai’s murder Jan. 4.

“We never forget about unsolved murder cases and continuously seek out new technology and new leads to help us solve them,” Mountain View Police Chief Scott Vermeer said in announcing the arrest.

Holiday DUIs

Los Altos police made seven arrests for driving under the influence during a special enforcement period Dec. 14 to Jan. 2. The countywide “Avoid the 13” campaign brings together agencies to crack down on holiday-season drunken driving.

Lost and found

Jan. 5, 2:05 p.m., 201 Almond Ave.: A resident reported finding a calculator.

Theft

Jan. 6, 1700 block of Holt Ave.: A resident reported credit card fraud.

– Eliza Ridgeway

Sewer trouble

Jan. 5-6: Three additional residents called police about sewer backups. Winter rain caused sewer problems throughout town (see story on page 5). Bautista said residents call 911 to report sewer problems and police dispatchers transfer them to city hall.

Transit unrest

Jan. 6, 1:43 p.m., Showers Drive and El Camino Real: Los Altos police officers responded to a request for assistance when an unruly individual on a VTA bus acted up during a medical response on his or her behalf.

“It was fine by the time we got there,” Sgt. Mark Bautista reported.

Stolen vehicle recovered

Jan. 6, 1:07 p.m., 4290 El Camino Real: A routine check of license plate numbers revealed a car reported as stolen located at the Crowne Plaza Cabaña Hotel. The case was referred to Palo Alto police, as the hotel is in that city’s jurisdiction.

– Eliza Ridgeway

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