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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


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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MVLA construction remains on schedule


Photo By: Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Photos By Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Construction crews are busy building new classrooms at Mountain View High School, above, and Los Altos High, right.

New classroom buildings at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools are taking shape and on schedule for completion in August – just in time for the next school year.

The classroom additions are among the projects funded by the $41.3 million Measure A bond passed in 2010. Joe White, the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District’s associate superintendent for business services, said construction of the classrooms – and renovations to some existing ones – would cost approximately $18 million to $19 million.

The two-story building under construction at Los Altos High – located behind the weight room, adjacent to the athletic fields – will house nine general-education classrooms and three art rooms.

Two single-story buildings are scheduled for Mountain View High, both at the front of the campus along Bryant Avenue. The larger building will include a wing of nine general-education classrooms; the other will comprise three science classrooms (an earth science and two physics rooms) and include prep space for those classes.

In addition to the new classrooms, White said the district is ready to solicit bids to renovate existing classrooms at both schools. Plans at Los Altos High include converting two art classrooms and a math classroom into three science rooms. The band room will be expanded as well. At Mountain View High, two physics classrooms will be converted into biology rooms.

The renovations at Mountain View High are scheduled for completion before the start of the next school year, according to White. Renovations at Los Altos High should be finished by November.

White said the district has been receiving funds for its solar canopies – also built with money from Measure A – faster than anticipated. The new classroom buildings will boast solar-energy panels on the roofs. Funds received from energy-saving programs go directly into the district’s general fund, benefiting students in the classroom, he added.

A plan to refurbish Los Altos High School’s tennis courts is also in the works, according to White, but the funds will not come from Measure A. Construction crews currently are using some of the courts to house materials.

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