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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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WILLIAM E. SHINE


January 16, 1921 – June 30, 2013

Long time Los Altos resident, William E. Shine, died peacefully on June 30, 2013 at the age of 92 in Napa, California. Los Altos was his home for most of his life having raised his family there, as well as having had an office downtown where he was a stockbroker. The oldest of six children, Bill was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, graduated from Cathedral Catholic High School, and spent his childhood and teenage years there until his country called on him to serve.

Bill enlisted in the Army in 1942 and was deployed to the European theater in July 1944. Sergeant Shine was a surgical technician in the Company B 305th Medical Battalion and served with General Pat

ton’s Third Army in England and France. He was wounded in October 1944 near Metz, France and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. After months of convalescence in Ohio, Bill was honorably discharged in July 1945 and remained a hundred percent disabled veteran his entire life.

Bill was a graduate of the University of Notre Dame attending the university after WWII. Not

long after graduating Bill married Joan Baltz, also of Indianapolis, in February 1950. He had first seen California before the war while traveling with a friend and loved what he saw. Utilizing his sales skills, he convinced his young wife to move west with their first child. They settled in Los Altos in 1952 the year of the city’s incorporation. Bill and his wife, Joan, raised five children in Los Altos all of whom graduated from Los Altos High School between 1969 and 1977.

In 1981 Bill was the recipient of the Los Altos Board of Realtors’ Community Service Award and honored for his many civic activities including organizing the 1976 Bicentennial Parade celebrating the nation’s 200th birthday, and for leading the fund-raising drive for the fountain and redwood deck at the library as a 25th anniversary present for the city from the local citizenry. In 1979 Bill was fundamental in establishing the Music in the Air concerts presented by the music departments at Foothill College, Los Altos and then Awalt High Schools. When he received the award Shine was interviewed by the Town Crier and asked about his motivation for devoting so much time to community projects. He said then “If you have to think why, you’re in trouble. You do something for someone you love. I really love this city”. Bill lived in several other California cities after he retired, but Los Altos always held a special place in his heart.

Other than his love of all things Notre Dame, Bill was passionate about music and sports. As a boy he sang with choral groups and regularly sang soprano solos at Easter Sunday services in Indianapolis. He sang tenor in college and as a longtime member of the St. Williams Catholic Church choir. He also belonged to a barber shop quartet. Bill coached Little League teams before his sons were old enough and after they were through, and when

the major league Giants baseball team moved west from New York, Bill bought season tickets their first year at Candlestick Park in 1960. His children and grandchildren continue to enjoy those seats today.

Bill was preceded in death by his youngest child Monica Brooks, his parents Vaneta and William, his sister Rita, two brothers Donald and Patrick, and former wife, Betty. He is survived by the mother of his children, Joan Shine (Mountain View, CA), two daughters Joan Jones (Santa Clara, CA) and Theresa Swilley (Oakdale, CA), two sons William Shine, Jr. (Mountain View, CA) and Damian Shine (Alpharetta, GA), eight grandchildren, his brother Robert (Corvallis, OR) and his sister Mary (Indianapolis, IN). A memorial is scheduled for Monday, July 22nd at the Golden Gate National Cemetery Chapel in San Bruno, CA at 2:00pm.

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