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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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Alpaca at Almond School adds up to fundraising success


Photo By: Diego Abeloos/Town Crier
Photo Diego Abeloos/Town Crier

Almond School Principal Nancy Davis cozies up to an alpaca named Baby. Fulfilling a promise to students, Davis kissed Baby to mark their fundraising success.

Continuing an eight-year Almond School tradition, students spent three weeks in March donating spare change to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Pennies for Patients” fundraiser.

The campaign raised $8,379, which when combined with matching funds from an anonymous donor resulted in a total donation of $16,758.

Almond was the top fundraising school in the Bay Area this year and set an all-time “Pennies for Patients” record in the Bay Area.

As promised for topping the 2012 fundraising total, Principal Nancy Davis and teacher Pam Sanderson kissed an alpaca at the school’s weekly assembly. The alpaca, named Baby, was on loan for the occasion from the Little Explorers Mobile Petting Zoo.

Coordinated by the school’s student council, students employed numerous creative fundraising strategies and incentive programs to best last year’s efforts.

In the past couple of years, Almond has had two students diagnosed with leukemia, according to teacher Sarah Hall.

Hall said the campaign really hit home for students.

“We raised over $7,000 last year. We raised the bar this year to raise at least $7,500,” she said. “With the incentive of the anonymous parent donor, the students were very motivated and rose to the challenge. They have proved to the community that no matter what age, we are all empowered to make a difference. The students are very proud, we are very proud.”

Davis said the project proved a valuable experience for students.

“It taught them that they can make an important difference in the lives of others,” she said. “It is gratifying that our students’ efforts are benefiting an outstanding organization like The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.”

“Pennies for Patients” is among the society’s slate of national School & Youth Programs that raise funds to find cures for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma and to provide information and support services to patients and their families.

For more information, visit www.schoolandyouth.org.

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