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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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MARY WALLACE WHEAT


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1924 - 2013

Carmel- Mary Wallace Wheat, known to all of us as “Mickey”, died in Camel Valley California, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease on May 9, 2013.

Mickey was born September 27, 1924 in Los Angeles, California. The only daughter of James and Mary Blair Wallace, she attended South Pasadena schools, Punahou School in Hawaii and Chadwick School in Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA. She was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Occidental College in 1945 where she was a member and president of the Alpha Sorority. Here she met Richard P. Wheat, a Navy pre-med student.

On December 26, 1945, she and Dick were married and moved to Baltimore, MD where he was now a student at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Together, Mickey and Dick spent 67 years of devoted and happy marriage. They have three sons, David, Kenneth and James who were the pride of her life as were their wives, Barbara, Shelley and Valerie. Her six grandchildren and her two great granddaughters brought her much joy and happiness.

While Dick was at sea as a Navy Medical Officer during the Korean Conflict, Mickey lived in Palo Alto with Dave and Ken and gave birth to Jim. In 1953, with Dick discharged from the Navy, the family moved to Los Altos, California where they settled into the home where they lived the next 50 years and Dick began the practice of medicine. Mickey was always busy with her children, many community activities, and her beloved book club. Her annual Christmas tea was a Los Altos institution. With Dick and her boys she became a camper and backpacker, including three extensive treks in the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal and Kashmir.

Mickey was the epitome of a citizen volunteer. She co-founded the Los Altos Cooperative Nursery School and was a Cub Scout Den Mother with each boy. She was elected to the Los Altos High School District Board of Education and served three terms following which she was elected to the Foothill-DeAnza Community College Board, serving four terms. She was a Trustee of Occidental College. She was a Commissioner on the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities, Western Division, (WASC). She served nationally on the Board and as President of the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities (ABG) and at the State level she served on the board of the California Community College Trustees and the California Elected Women for Education and Research. She was a member of the Executive Board of the Santa Clara County School Board Association and the President of the Santa Clara County Medical Society Auxiliary. Mickey served as the Executive Director of the El Camino Hospital Foundation in Mountain View, California and the Director for Fund Development, Sensory Access Foundation in Palo Alto, California. In 1985 Mickey was honored with the Los Altos Community Service Award.

Mickey will be deeply missed by all her family she loved so much, by her many friends and by the community she served with devotion and distinction.

Mickey’s family would be pleased to have contributions honoring her life sent to the Martha Kantor Fund, Foothill-DeAnza Foundation, 12345 El Monte Rd., Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 (650) 949-6230, or to the charity of your choice.

Visit www.missionmortuary.com for condolences.

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