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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


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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Local mayors upbeat on ’State of Cities’


Photo By: Clyde Noel/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Clyde Noel/Special To The Town Crier

Los Altos Hills Mayor Gary Waldeck, from left, Los Altos Mayor Jarrett Fishpaw and 2013 Walter and Marie Singer Award winner Dan Brunello attend the “State of the Cities” event.

Los Altos Mayor Jarrett Fishpaw and Los Altos Hills Mayor Gary Waldeck offered progress reports on their respective communities at Friday’s “State of the Cities” event.

The annual affair, sponsored by the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, was typically upbeat. The large gathering at Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos Hills sang “Happy Birthday” to Fishpaw, who recently turned 26.

“(Residents) generally tell me they have things in their houses older than me,” he joked.

Fishpaw listed Los Altos’ recent achievements, including an updated sewer master plan and improved public outreach. He noted three streetscape projects underway along San Antonio Road and First Street and another at Homestead Road to improve bicycle and pedestrian access.

Other sources of pride include Los Altos’ designation as one of the safest cities of its size and its status as a hub for 1,900 electric vehicles. If Los Altos were a state, Fishpaw said, its electric-vehicle total would rank sixth in the country. The city recently installed three charging stations to service the vehicles.

Waldeck noted three Los Altos Hills projects undertaken this year: an Adobe Creek restoration effort at Edith Park, with help from students at Gardner Bullis School; a Fremont Road bike and pedestrian improvement project featuring an upgraded pathway and separation of the path from the road; and an Arastradero Trail improvement project set for completion in October.

Waldeck praised the cadre of “passionate” volunteers who serve on various town committees and participate in the town’s comprehensive emergency preparedness program.

The “State of the Cities” luncheon featured presentation of the 2013 Walter and Marie Singer Award to Dan Brunello, owner of Le Boulanger. The award is given annually to a business owner who exemplifies community involvement and shows “impeccable ethics, integrity and honesty,” according to presenter and last year’s winner Kamrin Knight Desmond.

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