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News

‘Brown is the new green,’ says local water district

‘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 spendi...

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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

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Dr. Trang Ly, left, reviews blood sugar readings on a smartphone with Los Altos resident Tia Geri, right, and fellow participant Noa Simon during a closed-loop artificial pancreas study for Type 1 diabetics.
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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

CARSTEN 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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Taking care of business The changing face of downtown Los Altos


L ongtime Los Altos residents have seen downtown businesses come and go over the years, but 2013 is particularly bustling with activity.

From January through July, 11 new businesses opened downtown, while 10, including three pop-up shops, closed, according to city of Los Altos records. At least nine permanent shops and pop-up businesses are scheduled to open in coming months.

To keep readers informed, the Town Crier offers an up-to-date map of new downtown businesses.

New and soon-to-open businesses

1. Ambience, 132 State St.

2. The Makery, 170 State St.

3. Red Racer Hobby Shop, 170 State St.

4. The Alley (opening in the fall), 170 State St.

5. Green Cleaners, 201 State St.

6. Gift Xperience, 237 State St.

7. SFMOMA, 242 State St.1

8. Helix, 320 State St.1

9. Squirt The Juice Bar (opening in the fall), 325 State St.

10. Gallery Outer Space, 359 State St.2

11. The Botanist, 363 State St.2

12. Atelier Gray, 358 State St.

13. Know Knew Books (opening in October), 366 State St.

14. Sirena Scena Salon (relocated from 355 First St.), 75 Main St.

15. Redberry Coffee (opening in the fall), 145 Main St.

16. Paperwhirl (relocating from 235 First St.), 151 Main St.

17. Slingshot Power, 164 Main St.

18. Lisa’s Tea Treasures (opening in the fall), 167 Main St.

19. Pendleton Woolen Mills (opening in the fall), 231 Main St.

20. Queens Dance Studio, 331 First St.

21. Voyageur du Temps Bakery and Café (opening in early 2014), 288 First St.

22. Momentum Cycling, 149 Second St.

Closed businesses

Alabasta, 366 State St.

Aurobora, 359 State St.2

Beausejour, 170 State St.

Christian, 363 State St.2

Curves, 149 Second St.

Design & Interiors, 151 Main St.2

Estatements Luxury Consignment, 331 First St.

Europeon Hair Salon, 75 Main St.

Lussori, 231 Main St.

Pure Cleaners, 201 State St.

2013 by the numbers

• Businesses opened: 11

• Businesses closed: 10

• Businesses opening soon: 9

• Businesses relocating: 2

1. Temporary business

2. Pop-up shop

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