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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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Chancellor emphasizes relevance of UC system


Photo By: Kathryn Tomaino/ Special to the Town Crier
Photo Kathryn Tomaino/ Special To The Town Crier George Blumenthal speaks to the Los Altos Morning Forum audience Jan. 8.

George Blumenthal, Ph.D., chancellor of UC Santa Cruz, assured a Morning Forum audience Jan. 8 that despite huge cuts in state contributions, the University of California system remains relevant to the state, the nation and the world.

In his presentation – “How Relevant is the University of California to the State?” – Blumenthal used three anecdotes to illustrate why the university system is so essential to the future.

The story of how Kathy Sullivan discovered her passion for science illustrates the impact of UC Santa Cruz’s teaching. Initially a linguistics major, Sullivan put off her science classes as long as possible. But when she took her first science class, she was so excited about the material that she changed her major to earth sciences. She went on to earn a doctorate in geology and was the first woman to walk in space. Sullivan now works for the Obama administration as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction.

To exemplify the importance of the research conducted by UC faculty and students, Blumenthal described UC Santa Cruz’s role in completing the Human Genome project. Research of the cancer genome hub allows physicians to offer personalized – and therefore more effective – treatment to their cancer patients.

The study of mountain lions in UC Santa Cruz’s Puma Project demonstrates how the UC system helps establish policy informed by science. Ecologist Chris Wilmers and members of his team use tracking collars to explore puma behavior and movement. Their findings explain why mountain lions are showing up in populated areas and could help minimize future conflict between humans and pumas.

In addressing the increased cost for students to attend a UC campus, Blumenthal lamented that state funding for UC students has dropped by 60 percent since 1990. Fifty years ago, UC students paid no tuition; now they pay more than $13,000 per year in tuition and fees.

The chancellor said he wishes that taxpayers and government policymakers throughout the country understood that supporting public universities is a great investment.

“Our public universities educate 70 percent of the nation’s college graduates,” he said. “Moreover, college graduates earn on average over $1 million more over a lifetime than those without college degrees.”

 

The Morning Forum of Los Altos is a members-only lecture series that meets twice monthly at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave. For more information and membership details, visit www.morningforum.com.

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