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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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Schools chief shares what it takes to get into college


Photo By: John Hammerschmidt/ Special to the Town Crier
Photo John Hammerschmidt/ Special To The Town Crier

Barry Groves, superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, shares with a Rotary Club of Los Altos audience June 13 how much harder it is to get into college these days.

Barry Groves, superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, shared his insight on what it takes to get into college these days at a Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting June 13.

Groves, who became schools chief in 2006, heads a district where 96 percent of graduating seniors pursue college degrees. Both Mountain View and Los Altos high schools prepare students to submit competitive college applications, he said. According to district statistics, both high schools ranked a 10 out of 10 on the California Academic Performance Index, and their average scores on Advanced Placement exams and the SAT and SAT II are among the highest in the state.

The criteria for college acceptance have changed since the last generation, said Groves, noting that perfect grades and test scores are no longer sufficient. Instead of seeking well-rounded individuals, he added, selective colleges now seek graduates from well-rounded high schools, those that provide environments where their teams win championships.

Groves outlined the current criteria for acceptance: rigor of courses, high school grades, SAT/ACT/AP/SAT II scores, socioeconomic diversity, development case, legacy/connections, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, interviews and class rank.

“Do you think you would be accepted in the college of your choice today?” he asked the audience.

After he presented criteria for acceptance today, most attendees acknowledged that they probably wouldn’t, because selective colleges are now much more difficult to get into.

Competitive students are advised to enroll in the most challenging courses offered at their high schools. Scholarships based on merit have decreased, Groves said, and are offered primarily on the basis of need today.

Stanford University is the most selective school in the U.S., according to Groves, as it accepts only 5.8 percent of applicants, while San Jose State University accepts 75 percent; Santa Clara University, 54 percent; and UC Berkeley, 20.8 percent. While most college costs are high, he said, they vary considerably, with Stanford and Santa Clara costing approximately $43,000 per year. The public universities – UC Berkeley and San Jose State – cost much less, as does Foothill College. Groves said Foothill is one of the best community colleges in the state, “an outstanding value for excellent instruction.”

For more information, visit www.mvla.net.

Marlene Cowan is a member of the Rotary Club of Los Altos.

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