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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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Letters to the Editor

Bullis Charter School, have you no shame?

As a child in the early 1950s, I watched a congressional hearing on television. The witness was making unending accusations against officers of the U.S. government. The chairman had had enough. He struck his gavel, looked into the eyes of the witness and said, “Sir, have you no shame?”

That meant nothing to me then, but it means everything to me now.

Bullis Charter School, have you no shame?

You claim to be a public school, but you spend money on a mass mailer; you repeatedly sue the school district; the district gives you facilities and you repeatedly ask for more just like a spoiled child; and you claim to be a “public” school, but you charge families $5,000 per year.

Our educational community used to be very close. We are no longer. It’s very shameful.

I remember another quote I heard during a different congressional committee hearing. The chairman was attempting to determine what was behind a particular organization. The chairman struck his gavel and said, “To get to the bottom of this, we have to follow the money.”

That quote meant everything to me then, and it still means everything to me now.

Bill Bassett

Los Altos

Standing united against school closures

As our community faces the question of where to locate Bullis Charter School, we would like to remind everyone that as PTA and Los Altos Educational Foundation presidents, we stand united as one district.

We do not believe that a charter school should force the closure or relocation of any of our high-performing schools. We wholeheartedly stand united in our commitment to support equal access to quality education for all of our students.

We will continue to support the decisions that best suit the needs of the children and families in the Los Altos School District community, and we will work together to successfully manage the changes that come from negotiations, mediation or court rulings.

Kristine Bardman and Brooke Schiller, co-presidents, Los Altos Educational Foundation;

Isabel Damian, president, and Rita Estrata-Rosenfeld, vice president, Los Altos IEPTA; and PTA presidents and co-presidents of Almond, Blach, Covington, Egan, Gardner-Bullis, Loyola, Oak Avenue, Santa Rita and Springer schools

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