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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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Smith gets a jumpstart on new jobs as Mtn. View’s AD and football coach


Photo By: Courtesy of Mountain View High
Photo Courtesy Of Mountain View High

Shelley Smith officially takes over as Mountain View High athletic director July 1.

Shelley Smith’s official start date is July 1, but he couldn’t wait that long to embark on his new job – or jobs – at Mountain View High.

The new athletic director, head football coach and physical education teacher has been hard at work since school let out for the summer.

“I’m here every day,” Smith said last week. “I’m getting a head start, because there’s a lot to do. It doesn’t do any good to wait.”

Hired May 6, Smith replaces John Payne and Toure Carter, who resigned as athletic director and football coach, respectively, early in the spring.

Smith said he has nearly assembled his football staff, needing only a skills-position assistant for the frosh-soph squad. He retained three varsity assistants, promoting Bobby Johnson to defensive coordinator (Smith will run the offense).

Smith hired a familiar face as frosh-soph coach. He and Bryan Raisch went to school together and both coached at Saratoga High in recent years. Smith coached running backs and served as defensive coordinator at Saratoga last season. The Saratoga resident has 11 years of coaching experience.

While Smith nearly has all the coaches he needs for football, vacancies remain for other sports at the school. Smith seeks varsity head coaches for cross-country and baseball.

“We have a lot of very good candidates for baseball, but we’re in no big hurry – it’s a spring sport,” he said. “But we need to give more attention to cross-country and find someone soon because it’s a fall sport.”

Smith’s other mission is to get more players out for football. At last week’s offseason workouts, Smith said he counted only 65 players – varsity and frosh-soph combined.

“That’s not a lot of numbers, but we’ll get there,” he said. “My goal is to get 120 in the next few years. There’s no reason we can’t reach that goal at a school this size.”

As for the players he does have, Smith had no complaints.

“I love the kids here,” he said. “It’s a good group.”

Smith conceded that turning around the varsity football team – the Spartans went 3-7 last year – “won’t happen overnight,” but he’s hopeful it can be done.

“It’s a process,” Smith said. “We’re planting a lot of seeds right now.”

Smith asked all the returning players to fill out a questionnaire, then sat down with many of them “just to talk,” he said.

For more information about the coaching vacancies at Mountain View, email Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him at (408) 688-6165.

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