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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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Special Sections

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies


Bill Steiner’s grass is green, left, even amid the drought. He followed Max Todd’s water and maintainence instructions after having his lawn aerated, Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Green lawns are not necessarily on the endangered list during the d...

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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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2013 Buick Verano offers a trip back in time


Photo By: courtesy of General Motors
Photo Courtesy Of General Motors

The 2013 Buick Verano Turbo averages 24 mpg overall.

If you’re of a certain age and remember when General Motors led the world in automobile production, then you may be wondering whether the good old days could possibly return.

Driving the luxurious new 2013 Buick Verano Turbo recently – with an optional six-speed stick shift complete with clutch, for heaven’s sake – we were almost convinced one could roll back time.

The fact that the General Motors lineup now includes only three marques – Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac – indicates that time inevitably marches on. Nevertheless, it is nice to report that with the Verano, GM once again has a solid four-door, four-passenger sedan in the mid-range market that owners can proudly tout was built in Detroit.

And with the passage of time, the new offering from GM comes with 10 airbags, rear-vision camera, side blind-zone and rear cross-traffic alert systems, stability and braking safety systems and fuel efficiency of 20 mpg city, 31 highway and 24 overall.

The Verano boasts four available trim levels; the lower three levels are built around the underpowered base version of the 2-liter Ecotec engine.

We would definitely choose the top-of-the-line Verano Premium with turbocharged engine. At approximately $30,000, it is less expensive and offers more power than comparably equipped alternatives such as the Lexus IS250, the Acura ILX 2.4L and the Mercedes C250.

What we liked: Response of the 250-horsepower turbo engine with the superb handling of the new chassis; comfort and luxury of the attractive and well-appointed interior; and safety offered by the all-around radar sensors that not only watch parking distances front and rear, but also provide alerts when backing out of blind parking spaces.

What we would change: Manual adjustments for the seats when all comparable makes offer automatic, multidirectional adjustments; and the somewhat bulbous exterior styling, probably necessary to wrap around the large trunk and spacious interior within the compact length of this mid-sized sedan.

Bottom line: With the comfort, handling, power and quality that GM has built into the new Buick Verano Turbo, it is time to look seriously at this American manufacturer when shopping for a mid-price near-luxury car.

Buick Verano Turbo by the numbers

Vehicle type: 4-door, 4-passenger sedan

Under the hood: Ecotec 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with front-wheel drive; 6-speed automatic transmission (6-speed manual transmission optional); 250 horsepower; 260 lb-ft torque

Get up and go: Zero to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds

Length: 184 inches

Weight: 4,371 pounds

Cargo space: 14.3 cubic feet

Fuel economy: 20 mpg city, 31 highway, 24 overall

Price: $29,105, plus dealer prep

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