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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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Seizing a window of opportunity: Merchant recalls early days in celebrating 20-year anniversary


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

Select Windows Inc. owner Tony Rebagliati, foreground, celebrates 20 years of business in Los Altos this summer. Rebagliati has operated his business since 1997, with help from high school friend Dave Brumley, back.

Longtime Los Altos merchant Tony Rebagliati knows a thing or two about the panes and gains – pardon the pun – of running a small business.

Apparently, he knows a thing or two about longevity as well.

Rebagliati, owner of Select Windows Inc. at 394 First St., is slated to celebrate 20 years in business later this summer. And like so many others, Rebagliati recalled falling into his current occupation by happenstance.

A general contractor by trade, Rebagliati found his niche specializing in window and door sales and installations in Los Gatos and other South Bay cities. During those days, he added, it wasn’t uncommon to have two or three crews working simultaneously on different projects.

“In fact, it was most of my business,” said Rebagliati, who spends his days working alongside his Santa Teresa High School friend, Dave Brumley. “It’s just the way fate sort of directed me.”

His business became so successful, Rebagliati said, that he soon made the decision to open his own retail location. Soon after, Rebagliati opted to open his store in Los Altos after noticing a similarity in demographics with Los Gatos. He opened his doors July 1, 1993.

“Those were the days when you had to be (listed) in the phone book,” Rebagliati said with a chuckle. “It was scary, it was a risk. I was already in business for myself, but I’d never done retail before.”

Two decades later, Rebagliati said he has no regrets about his decision. These days, he said his daily goal is to make “people’s homes as comfortable as possible,” specializing in installations addressing issues such heat gains or losses, UV protection and noise reduction.

Most of the store’s business, Rebagliati said, now consists of working directly with developers building custom homes in the area. That’s a significant change from as recently as five or six years ago, he added, when his sales and installation orders consisted of a 50-50 split between builders and direct service to homeowners. Rebagliati attributed the changes to a struggling economy that has since started to pick up.

“There was a time when we could not even place the orders fast enough,” said Rebagliati, who is kicking off a sale at his store from mid-May through June to celebrate his 20 years in Los Altos. “I don’t see that happening again, but things are still good.”

Through profitable times – and lean times as well – Rebagliati noted that the one constant thread has been the store’s local support.

“Los Altos is a nice community,” he said. “It has definitely supported me and my family for the last 20 years.”

As for the future, Rebagliati has no intention of making changes to something that isn’t broken.

“I’m not ready to retire,” he said with a grin. “I’m just going to keep going. … Why stop a good thing?”

For more information, call 941-0744 or visit www.selectwindows.com.

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