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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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Comment

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

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies


Bill Steiner’s grass is green, left, even amid the drought. He followed Max Todd’s water and maintainence instructions after having his lawn aerated, Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Green lawns are not necessarily on the endangered list during the d...

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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


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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Teen serves up public tennis court proposal for LAH


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier Los Altos Hills resident Jehan Godrej would like to see his town build public tennis courts.

If the town could swing it, local high school student Jehan Godrej would like Los Altos Hills to build public tennis courts.

“Since LAH is such a wonderful town, we should have more public facilities,” said Godrej, a Los Altos High School sophomore who aspires to play tennis professionally. “It would be nice to have something in the Hills that’s not private or a country club.”

Godrej, who said his drive to see more local youth play tennis inspired the request, approached City Clerk Deborah Padovan and scheduled a PowerPoint presentation during the Jan. 24 Los Altos Hills City Council meeting to outline his proposal. Like any member of the community, he was allocated two minutes to address the council.

Godrej argued that an affluent town like Los Altos Hills should be able to provide lighted tennis courts as a public amenity for residents. The town’s only public tennis courts are at Foothill College, where he explained that parking fees, lack of lights and traffic on and around campus make the facility challenging to access. Residential tennis courts and country clubs meet some of the demand, he noted, but they come with steep price tags.

Godrej, whose parents cited the cost and an environmental easement on their property as reasons they couldn’t build a tennis court at their home, takes lessons at Stanford University and Fremont Hills Country Club. The latter is an invitation-only club in Los Altos Hills with 10 courts. Godrej added that many of his friends and other local youth are unable to afford to play where he does.

A community survey conducted by the town’s Parks and Recreation Committee in 2006-2007 revealed that 4 percent of respondents were interested in the construction of tennis courts. A community park, a soccer field and aquatic facilities received significantly more support.

Although he did not receive an immediate response from the council regarding his proposal, Godrej remains undeterred. He insisted that there is a demand for public tennis courts and that they could lead to a resident’s turning pro in the sport – just as former Los Altos Hills resident Nick Saviano did. Godrej cited Saviano, who ranked among the top 50 pro players worldwide for nine years, as a role model for local youth.

Godrej plans to volunteer with the Parks and Recreation Committee and hopes to encourage more people to explore the sport he loves.

“It’s a very intricate sport,” he said. “While it seems really easy when you first pick up a racket and hit the ball, it gets more intricate and complicated as you go along.”

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