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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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EUGENE WILLIAM KANSKY, M.D.


Dr. Kansky was born in Cleveland, Ohio on June 3, 1927, to William and Stella Kansky, their only child. He died July 3, 2013 in Los Altos, CA. He earned a Bachelors from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Ohio in 1948, a Masters in Biochemistry from Bowling Green University, Bowling Green, Ohio in 1950 and a Medical degree from Ohio State University School of Medicine in 1954. He completed his internship at San Francisco General Hospital and served as a physician in the U.S. Army in Stuttgart, Germany until 1958. He went to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI to complete a residency in psychiatry until 1961. After working several years at the VA Hospital in Menlo Park, CA, he went into private practice in Los Altos California where he continued until his retirement. He taught at Stanford University and served as chief of El Camino Hospital Dept. of Psychiatry from 1970 – 1971.

He served on numerous committees including for the American Psychiatric Association-APA, Santa Clara county alcoholism advisory board, and chairman of physician support at El Camino Hospital.

Awards he received include recognition for significant contributions to psychiatry by the APA January 1992, outstanding contributions to the Santa Clara Medical Association June 2004 and 2009, Committee person of the year 2007 for dedication to the national ethics committee, and recognition by the APA in Jan. 2010 for 50 years of service.

He married first, Joan Lanthier of Pompton Plains, NJ by whom he had two daughters, Karina, and Susan Kansky Lumb. In 1966 he married Jacqueline Pearl Fixler, adopting her three children, Claudia Kansky Peterson, Matthew Kansky, and Craig Fixler. He leaves behind his wife of 47 years Jacqueline, five children and nine grandchildren.

He was an accomplished wood sculptor and cabinet maker and enjoyed traveling the world with his wife, Jackie. He was a devoted husband, and loving father, and will be greatly missed.

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