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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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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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Community Briefs

Radio operators stage annual field day

The Foothills Amateur Radio Society has scheduled its annual Amateur Radio Field Day 11 a.m. Saturday to 11 a.m. Sunday in the field next to the Maryknoll Residence at 23000 Cristo Rey Drive, Los Altos. Visitors are invited to attend the event noon to 7 p.m. both days.

Approximately 25 local operators plan to participate in this year’s exercise. Operators from five radio stations will attempt to make contact with as many amateur radio stations as possible throughout North and South America. Communication will be via voice, Morse code, radio teletype and digital packet radio.

Amateur Radio Field Day prepares operators for potential emergency situations. During the exercise, radio operators erect antennas, assemble radio stations and power up electric generators in an effort to stimulate emergency conditions.

Established in 1933, Amateur Radio Field Day has grown into an annual event that attracts more than 35,000 participants.

For more information, call Phil Hawkins at 279-7803, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit arrl.org or fars.k6ya.org.

Essays on equality win awards

The Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley named the winners of its second essay contest on U.S. Constitutional principles, open to high school seniors in Santa Clara County. This year’s topic was “The difference between equal opportunity and equal results in America.”

Winners are Cupertino resident Anand Hemmady of Cupertino High School for his essay “Equality and Liberty in America” and San Jose resident Colin Aitkken of Leland High School for “Equality for All.”

The Conservative Forum presented each student with $1,000 at a June 4 ceremony in Mountain View.

To read the winning essays and for more information, visit www.theconservativeforum.com.

Lecture highlights Impressionist show

Fine-arts docent Kay Payne is scheduled to present an illustrated lecture on “Impressionists on the Water” 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The lecture will highlight the “Impressionists on the Water” exhibition that runs through Oct. 13 at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.

The exhibition explores nautical life through more than 80 paintings and works on paper by Impressionists such as Monet, Renoir and Pissarro and Post-Impressionists including Denis and Signac, artists whose work reflects their understanding of and engagement with boating and competition.

For more information on the lectures, call 948-7683 or visit www.sccl.org.

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