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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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LAUMC donates $76K from ’Advent Conspiracy’ offering

Los Altos United Methodist Church participated in the “Advent Conspiracy,” a campaign to encourage the celebration of Christmas by incorporating the basic tenets of “Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More and Love All,” raising more than $76,000 in donations for service-providing organizations.

“The message clearly resonated with many who sought to celebrate Christmas with less of the consumerism promoted in commercial advertising and more of the spirit of love and hope brought to earth by the birth of Jesus,” said Senior Pastor Mark S. Bollwinkel.

The church contributed its entire Christmas Eve offering from all five services to the campaign.

“To intentionally allocate the entire Christmas Eve offering to outside organizations took a giant leap of faith by our Church Council, but we felt it was important for our church to give to others as part of our celebration of Christmas,” said Margie Gong, chairwoman of the Church Council.

The donations will be disbursed to three organizations: Living Water International, Hope’s Corner and Freedom House.

Living Water International provides clean water wells in developing countries. In the past three years, the church has sponsored 10 wells serving more than 7,700 people. This year’s donation will underwrite wells in Nicaragua and other selected countries.

Hope’s Corner offers free breakfasts and sack lunches to hungry people Saturdays at Trinity United Methodist Church at the corner of Hope and Mercy streets in downtown Mountain View.

Freedom House’s mission is to bring hope, restoration and a new life to survivors of human trafficking by providing a safe home and long-term aftercare in Northern California. In August 2010, the organization opened its first safe house in San Mateo County for adult female survivors of human trafficking. The organization plans to open a safe house for minors 12-17 in Santa Clara County this year.

For more information, visit www.laumc.org.

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