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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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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


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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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Los Altos resident joins effort to vanquish human trafficking


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Freedom Summit 2013, the largest anti-human trafficking event in the United States, is scheduled Jan. 25 and 26 at Harbor Light Church in Fremont.

“The Bay Area … has some of the nation’s highest volumes of trafficking activity,” said Betty Ann Boeving, founder and executive director of the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition (BAATC), summit organizer. “We are also among the nation’s most progressive regions in terms of anti-trafficking legislation, prevention and services.”

Boeving emphasized the importance of the gathering.

“People come not just to hear the facts, but to connect with others and learn what they can do to stop the spread of human trafficking,” she said.

Jaida Im of Los Altos is founder and executive director of the nonprofit Freedom House, which provides adult and adolescent survivors a safe home and long-term aftercare to help them break the cycle of human exploitation and transition to a new life.

As a guest speaker at the summit, Im will outline practical suggestions for those who want to support the effort.

“No step is too small,” she said. “Share your commitment to help survivors with posts on Facebook and Twitter. Get your employer involved ... ask your church or community center to host a program about human trafficking.”

Stanford University announced a new Alternative Spring Break program: “Not for Sale: Human Trafficking in the Bay Area,” designed by students Katherine Nasol and Kylie Goh.

“For many Bay Area residents, human trafficking brings to mind brothels or red-light districts on the other side of the world,” Nasol said. “In reality, it involves children and adults who become victims of sex trafficking, domestic servitude and other forms of slave labor through fraud, force or coercion by traffickers.”

For more information on BAATC, visit www.baatc.org.

To register and for more information on the summit, visit www.freedom-summit.org.

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