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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


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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Senior community takes shape: Terraces at Los Altos eyes June finish for Phase 1 construction


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

Construction continues at The Terraces at Los Altos. The memory-care building will feature 16 units.

Representatives of The Terraces at Los Altos are eyeing an early summer finish for the first of a three-phase, $100 million construction project.

Teri Conklin – vice president of sales and marketing for Seniority Inc., a subsidiary of the community’s parent company, American Baptist Homes of the West (ABHOW) – told the Town Crier that officials are anticipating the completion of a new 16-unit memory-care facility and a 30-unit skilled-nursing building sometime in June. In February, ABHOW announced that it received $71 million in financing through a bond issue, with the vast majority of it earmarked for the Los Altos project.

Still, Conklin said plenty of work remains on the expansion of the Pine Lane community, formerly known as Pilgrim Haven, which received Los Altos City Council approval in 2009.

“We’ve had a lot of good support from all of our residents, but it’s been a long journey,” said Conklin, noting that the company is approaching the one-year anniversary of its official groundbreaking ceremony. “In the past year, it’s been nice to see this project come to life.”

A tight timeline

Overall, Conklin said, ABHOW aims to provide a well-rounded slate of options for local seniors with the community’s expansion. That includes The Village – the community’s skilled-nursing facility – as well as The Grove, the community’s new memory-care unit, which will provide care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss.

The Grove, she noted, will use ABHOW’s “Best Friends Approach” memory support program, emphasizing safety, relationship-building and memory stimulation techniques.

“Our philosophy is that we focus on our residents’ abilities versus their inabilities. … We have to be in the moment with them, even if it is a long-held memory,” she said. “We spend a lot of time getting to know them and their families so that we can connect with them.”

Conklin said construction remains on a “very tight timeline,” pointing to the company’s 36-month construction window as part of the council’s approval for the project.

Once the project’s first phase wraps later this summer, she added, construction will have to continue without skipping a beat. After transitioning residents to the new completed buildings, crews will raze the community’s current health center building to start the remaining two phases of construction.

Among other things, the remaining phases at The Terraces call for 17 new assisted-living units – offered as studios and one-bedroom apartments – as well as 81 new one- and two-bedroom residential apartments. Nearly 75 percent of those new 81 units – 59 – have already been reserved, Conklin noted.

Coupled with existing residences on the site, the community will eventually boast a total of 30 assisted-living and 105 residential homes, including 16 below-market-rate units.

“There is very little choice in Los Altos by its nature as an established community,” Conklin said. “So if someone wants to stay in the community, there are not a lot of choices available to them. … We’re really excited to develop and provide this.”

Despite the remaining work, Conklin said company officials remain confident the project will be completed by summer 2015.

“There’s really no break,” she said with a chuckle. “We just have to keep moving along.”

For more information, visit www.theterracesatlosaltos.com.

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