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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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Firefighter's green thumb produces stations lush garden


Laura Tang/Special to the Town Crier
Mike Robbins of the Mountain View Fire Department grows vegetables and fruit trees in the garden at Station No. 1 on Shoreline Boulevard.

When Mike Robbins was stationed at Mountain View Fire Department Station No. 1 at 251 S. Shoreline Blvd., he spotted an overgrown patch of weeds behind the firehouse and saw an opportunity to transform it into a flourishing garden.

His project has since attracted the attention of the surrounding community. The public is invited to take a walking garden tour 11:15 a.m. Saturday, starting from the Mountain View Public Library to Station No. 1.

Robbins cultivated his love of gardening from an early age.

“I helped my family garden in our yard not just as a hobby, but as part of the household,” he said. “Being part of that experience really helped me to grow, and when I had some time at the station, I started doing more of it.”

His green thumb carried over to his job at the station, where he constructed three 18-foot-by-4-foot beds.

New gardens have been sprouting in the other four Mountain View stations, where he and his co-workers cook meals with the fresh, seasonal produce.

“Initially, people were apprehensive, but when they saw the garden’s tangible effects, they became interested,” Robbins said.

Robbins attributes his success to techniques he learned from Love Apple Farms’ classes in Santa Cruz.

“Soften the soil deeper than you expect the roots to grow,” he said. “When roots aren’t prohibited, they can expand and pull in more nutrients, and you end up with productive growth.”

Another successful technique is growing flowers to attract bees that can increase plant pollination.

“I’ve created a self-sufficient ecosystem out of my garden and it has made a world of difference,” Robbins said.

Today, his garden thrives and people from around the community contribute. Robbins said he and his co-workers form a close-knit group, and the garden has become an important part of their home.

Saturday’s tour begins in the lobby of the library, 585 Franklin St. The walk to Station No. 1 will take approximately 10 minutes. To register, call 903-6337 or visit goo.gl/Li9Lo.

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