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News

‘Brown is the new green,’ says local water district

‘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 spendi...

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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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Special Sections

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Dr. Trang Ly, left, reviews blood sugar readings on a smartphone with Los Altos resident Tia Geri, right, and fellow participant Noa Simon during a closed-loop artificial pancreas study for Type 1 diabetics.
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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

CARSTEN 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


Shaw

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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LA Council Briefs

The Los Altos City Council took the following actions at its July 9 meeting.

Civic center options on the docket in August

The council will likely kick off discussions in August on redeveloping or replacing some of the city’s aging civic center facilities.

According to Los Altos City Manager Marcia Somers, the council is expected to begin an “ongoing conversation” regarding alternative civic center redevelopment options – including associated costs and potential tradeoffs – at an Aug. 13 study session.

In March, the council agreed to reassess portions of the city’s Civic Center Master Plan, calling for a study session in the summer to further review various feasible scenarios.

At the time, a city staff report presented the council with three options: (1) Move forward with the originally approved four-phase master plan as is; (2) include the renovation and expansion of the police station and city hall at their current locations, plus the demolition and replacement of the community center; or (3) only renovate and expand the three areas.

The council opted to examine alternatives after the city originally sought a $65 million bond measure on the November 2012 ballot to fund 80 percent of the Civic Center Master Plan’s first phase. The previous council withdrew plans for the measure after a survey of residents revealed less support than needed to achieve a two-thirds vote.

Somers noted that the August discussion is one of many the council will have on potential civic center redevelopment options in the near future.

“I really do believe this will be an ongoing discussion with the council, because this is a really signature project for them,” said Somers, who added that initial discussions will include providing background into the city’s 2008 Civic Center Master Plan process for new councilwomen Jeannie Bruins and Jan Pepper.

Among the most important elements that will be discussed, noted Somers, is the direction the city council should take in replacing or redeveloping Hillview Community Center.

“That’s the element that’s probably most important to the council,” she said, adding that the city ultimately has to “move forward because the facility has some real deficiencies.”

Council approves new sculpture installations

The council unanimously approved the installation of sculptures at Lincoln Park and the corner of State and Fourth streets.

According to a city staff report, the bronze and stainless-steel sculpture “The Bird,” by Santa Rosa artist Riis Burwell, is slated for installation at Lincoln Park, across from the Safeway construction site. The 11-foot-high sculpture, valued at $55,000, is “an homage” to jazz musician Charlie Parker, according to Burwell.

“The Guardian,” a 6-foot-tall cast bronze sculpture, will be installed at State and Fourth streets in a landscaped area next to the Costume Bank. The $59,000 sculpture by New Orleans-based artist Karen Cauvin Eustis will be on loan to the city for five years (as opposed to the standard two-year period). It was previously slated for installation in Waveland, Miss., on the same day Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city’s beachfront.

The two art pieces were among the winning entries in the city’s 10th Competitive Sculpture Search in 2012, coordinated by the Public Arts Commission. Each artist will receive a $1,000 stipend from the city for the loaned sculptures.

– Diego Abeloos

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