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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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No block-party fees = good move

There’s no downside to getting to know your neighbors. If you don’t know them well, following are two ideas to get you started.

• Host a block party. Not only is summer the ideal time to throw a get-together, but the city is issuing permits free of charge.

The Los Altos City Council agreed at its June 25 meeting to eliminate block-party permit fees, effective July 1. According to city spokeswoman Erica Ray, the council reached the decision after reviewing revenue generated from block-party fees in fiscal year 2012. At a cost of $105 per permit, the city collected $2,400 in fees.

“Council felt the $2,400 cost to the city was worth subsidizing in order to promote building community and encourage residents to take advantage of the opportunity to host block parties in their neighborhoods,” Ray said.

Don’t set up those folding chairs quite yet, however, as permits are still required. Residents must secure a permit through the police department and submit it to city hall at least 10 days prior to the event. To download a copy of the permit application, visit losaltosca.gov/police/forms.html. Email the completed application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Now residents can apply that $105 toward the barbecue, not the bureaucrats. We offer a big thanks to city staff and the city council for making this happen.

• Join the new emergency preparedness movement. The Los Altos Community Foundation’s Los Altos PREPARE program is scheduled to launch Community Action Teams for neighborhoods 6-9 p.m. Aug. 6 as part of National Night Out. It should be a great opportunity to mingle, learn about residential safety programs and have a little fun at the same time.

Attendees will also hear more about the PREPARE program, which the foundation launched this year to coordinate residents, agencies and others to ensure effective response to major disasters and emergencies. Resident Sherie Dodsworth founded PREPARE, in part, after she discovered that Los Altos had no such program – the city cut funding for its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program some years back. Good going, Sherie. For more information, visit www.lacf.org.

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