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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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ELSA DEL FRATE


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June 25, 1926 – June 13, 2013

Resident of Mountain View

 

Elsa Del Frate passed away unexpectedly but peacefully on June 13th, while on vacation with her family in Hawaii. A beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother, she was a guiding light to all who knew her. Spending time with and cooking for family and friends were her passions. She will be forever missed by all, especially those who were able to enjoy her incredible Italian cooking.

Born in Italy in 1926, Elsa spent a portion of her childhood growing up in Brazil. Returning to Italy in her teens, Elsa met and fell in love with Marino. The two were married on September 7th 1947, and began their life together that would last more than 50 years, until Marino’s passing in 1998. They left Italy in the late 1950’s with their 2 oldest children, first moving to Canada, and then on to the United States where they settled in Mountain View in the Fall of ‘67. Devout Catholics, Marino and Elsa began worshiping at St. Joseph’s Parish, and up until her passing, Elsa could be seen on her daily walk to Mass. Her generous support and work for both St. Joseph’s Church and School, and the Italian Catholic Federation were an inspiration for all.

She was preceded in death by her beloved Marino, son-in-law, Bill Puccetti and granddaughter Stephanie Del Frate. Elsa is survived by her children Marcy Puccetti, Pier Del Frate, Joanne MacDonald, and son-in-law, Todd MacDonald; her granddaughters Christina Linneman and husband James, Amy Randazzo and husband Brandon, Alexandra and Erika MacDonald; great grandchildren Sean, Evelyn, Jake, Sofia and Addison.

Services have been held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mtn. View. Funeral arrangements were coordinated by the Cusimano Family Colonial Mortuary, Mtn. View. Donations in Elsa’s memory may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church or School.

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