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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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Police Blotter

Police arrest man on multiple charges

Police arrested a 47-year-old intoxicated man June 9 after he initially threatened to harm himself.

After a report that a man had threatened to commit suicide, responding officers made contact with him in front of his mother’s home on Stevens Place. Police later discovered that the man had forcibly entered his mother’s home while she was away on vacation, in violation of a restraining order she had against him.

The man was arrested on charges that included burglary, public intoxication and violating a restraining order. He was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Commercial burglary

June 5, 9:09 a.m., 300 block of Pine Lane: An unknown suspect entered a building on a construction site, cut the lock on a storage box and stole $5,000 worth of tools.

Felony warrant arrest

June 5, 4:46 p.m., Del Medio Avenue and El Camino Real: Police executing a stop for a traffic violation arrested a man on four outstanding warrants out of Santa Clara County, including a felony weapons violation. The remaining warrants were misdemeanors, according to police. The motorist was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Los Altos Police now on Twitter

Information from the Los Altos Police Department can now be found on Twitter.

According to Los Altos Police Chief Tuck Younis, the agency began actively using its Twitter feed (@LosAltosPD) in May, ahead of the annual Kiwanis Pet Parade downtown. Younis said the social media tool will boost the department’s ability to distribute information such as road closures, suspect sketches and incident reports, as well as other police activities in the city.

“The idea is to get information to our residents as quickly as possible,” he said.

Younis also credited the department’s neighboring police agencies in Mountain View and Palo Alto – also active on social media – for providing a solid framework in using Twitter as a law enforcement tool.

– Diego Abeloos

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