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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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Special Sections

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies


Bill Steiner’s grass is green, left, even amid the drought. He followed Max Todd’s water and maintainence instructions after having his lawn aerated, Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Green lawns are not necessarily on the endangered list during the d...

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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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LAH Council Briefs

Following are highlights from the July 15 Los Altos Hills City Council meeting.

The next meeting is slated 6 p.m. August 15 at town hall, 26375 W. Fremont Road.

Town amends sewer agreement

Although the city of Los Altos installed sewer meters after signing a 2007 sewer agreement with the town of Los Altos Hills, malfunctioning meters have brought the two cities back to the table to determine a better way to measure sewer discharge flow.

According to Richard Chiu, Los Altos Hills engineering and public works director, the town plans to meet with officials from Los Altos this month to propose an amendment to the current agreement. Chiu said Los Altos Hills officials will recommend that the city change its method of measurement to a uniform rate of 300 gallons of flow per day for each unit – a figure consistent with a previous town study and numbers used for sewer discharge in Los Altos.

Council approves sewer-tax collection

In an annual procedure required by Santa Clara County, councilmembers adopted a resolution that allows the county to collect delinquent sewer taxes and property taxes for home sewer connections.

Residents with a sewer connection will be charged a use fee for an average amount of $733 – a rate that has not changed since 2007 – on their 2013-2014 tax bill. The tax is expected to generate approximately $1.3 million for the town’s sewer fund.

Fremont Hills Country Club receives green light

Councilmembers unanimously approved site-development and conditional-use permits for an 830-square-foot fitness center addition at Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place.

The permits were granted despite objections from the town’s Planning Commission and residents, who raised concerns about potential parking overflow onto residential streets during swim meets and the impact of bright pool lighting on the neighborhood.

Upon notice of noncompliance with town code for the pool lighting, the club replaced the lights with code-conforming fixtures. Aware of the parking problem, a club representative expressed willingness to cooperate with the town to coordinate parking solutions for large events.

“These folks are good neighbors of the town,” Councilmember Rich Larsen said. “Yes, they may spill onto Viscaino Place during swim meets, but when we have baseball games and town picnics, we (overflow) into their parking lot.”

– Ellie Van Houtte

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