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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


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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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Yellow-fever mosquito lands in Bay Area


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The Santa Clara County Vector Control District uses traps to catch and subsequently monitor mosquitoes for yellow fever and West Nile virus.

Just as the local mosquito season comes to an end, a rare type of the insect has surfaced nearby. A yellow-fever mosquito was found Aug. 23 in Menlo Park, according to local county vector control districts.

With origins in Africa, the Aedes aegypti – or yellow-fever mosquito – is approximately 1/4-inch long with a black and white body. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials noted that the species is most active two hours after sunrise and two hours before sunset and can even hide in closets during the day. By transmitting the virus from one human or mammal to the next via bites, the species can spread dengue fever and yellow fever. Fresno and Madera counties also identified yellow-fever mosquitoes this summer, but no symptoms of infection were reported in humans.

“It’s important to note that the current risk of disease transmission from this mosquito is extremely low,” said San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow in a press release. “But we must make every effort to eradicate this mosquito and not allow it to establish itself here to prevent future disease transmission risk.”

The species quickly adapts to new environments, according to CDC officials. Vector control and area agencies responded quickly to eliminate the yellow-fever mosquito threat. In addition to deploying traps to capture adult mosquitoes and mosquito eggs, local agencies conducted door-to-door canvassing near the source in Menlo Park. Such efforts were successful in eradicating the yellow-fever mosquito at the San Francisco Airport in 1979, the last time officials detected the species in the area.

The San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District encourages residents to protect themselves from bites by wearing long-sleeved clothing and applying insect repellents that contain DEET, picaridin or eucalyptus and lemon oil. Vector control officers also request that homeowners eliminate standing water that could expand the mosquito population and make sure that doors and windows are tightly sealed.

It is much more common for mosquitoes to transmit West Nile virus during the local mosquito season, which typically ends in September. California is experiencing an especially active West Nile virus season, with 87 human cases of the mosquito-transmitted disease reported in 23 counties this year. As of Friday, the Santa Clara County Vector Control District completed eight mosquito foggings in San Jose – a procedure completed when infected mosquitoes are found near dead birds, squirrels or other animals that test positive for West Nile. Although vector control confirmed that no dead birds or mosquitoes from Los Altos tested positive for the disease as of last month, a Santa Clara County woman in July became the first county resident to contract the virus since 2011.

For updates and more information, call the Santa Clara Vector Control District at (408) 918-4770 or visit sccgov.org/sites/vector.

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