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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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In us we trust, I think: The Rockey Road

Wow, we’re one of the highest-ranked school districts in the country. Our kids are smart and they have ample opportunities to become successful college graduates. And they’re polite.

But we can’t seem to keep them safe on their bikes or free from stress.

School has been in session for only a few weeks. and over the span of three days, there were three bike/vehicular accidents of which I am aware – maybe there have been more.

And just weeks before school started, emails were flying around making accusations and getting parents all fired up about the legal battle between LASD and BCS. If you don’t know what those acronyms represent, then good for you – you don’t need the stress that comes along with knowing.

I realize that the battle between the two organizations is not cut and dried. I realize that it’s a legal mess that will continue for a very long time. But while that battle is in force, our kids are still going to school and still growing by the minute. We try to shield them from the mess, but can we? How many hours have parents spent online, on the phone, at meetings and at the grocery store talking and arguing about this case?

I have tried not to get involved or speak my mind, and maybe you’ll consider that irresponsible of me, but I don’t care. My children come first, and wherever they go to school, I will be there to offer my support to them and to their teachers. Am I thankful for the groups fighting for my side? Of course I am, but I don’t feel that I could personally have an impact.

And speaking of impact, I would like everyone to take extra caution while driving. How many kids deserve to be hit by cars because the drivers aren’t watching for them? Zero.

A car hit my very good friend’s son while he rode in the bike lane to school a few days ago. Fortunately, he is fine, but he shouldn’t have had to go through that. Sure, he was able to get up and go to school with scrapes and bruises, but I’m sure he’ll be rattled for a while. The very same morning, a car hit a girl who was biking to school.

A few hours ago I saw another student hit while riding his bike to school. He was hurt and could not get up and go to school, but he was sitting up and looked as if he were going to be OK.

I have children and they ride their bikes to school. Please watch out for them and don’t hit them with your cars.

I could be any parent right now. No one wants his or her child to be hit by a car or endure stress from a legal battle. However, it’s happening, and no matter how careful we are, it will continue to happen, but we can minimize the chances.

Some people react to emails and some people rush in the mornings. Try not to react and rush. Be patient. Let an email sit for a while. Leave a few minutes early or be a few minutes late – it’s not the end of the world. Losing a child is the end of the world.

When you get into your car, please put your phone down. Whoever you are and whatever kind of job you have doesn’t matter because you are not more important than that child you are about to hit. And take the time to look for cyclists before you turn.

We can give our children all the opportunities in the world to get through some of the best colleges, but they have to survive to get there.

Now, go hug your kids or grandkids and tell them to have fun being a kid and to watch for cars, even in crosswalks. Please, and thank you.

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