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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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Local college student blends filmmaking with service


Courtesy of Apala Egan
Los Altos resident Hannah Hansen volunteers as a running coach for elementary school girls and helps the disabled through involvement with Abilities United.

The service bug bit Los Altos resident Hannah Hansen in middle school.

Hansen, a recent high school graduate who now attends Brigham Young University, volunteered at a number of local philanthropies through the National Charity League, a mother-daughter service organization. At the Ronald McDonald House, she organized birthday parties for sick patients and their families, which whetted her appetite for further service work with children.

More recently, Hansen has volunteered with Girls on the Run, a physical activity-based development program for girls in third to sixth grades. As a running coach, she regularly taught lessons about health and self-esteem. Approximately twice a week, Hansen helped train the girls for a 5K race held every May.

“The media is not always kind to girls,” she said. “It is important for them to develop positive thinking.”

This year Hansen volunteered at the nonprofit Abilities United, a place where developmentally disabled children and adults learn skills that help them integrate into society. She worked with young people in an after-school program, helping those with Down syndrome or on the autism spectrum.

“It was probably the first time that I came in direct contact with autistic children,” she said.

Hansen didn’t stop there – she made a documentary film addressing special-needs youth. She and classmate Nikki Kashani produced the film, “The Path to Integration.” It was shown at the Palo Alto International Film Festival and the Bay Area Social Issues Documentary Film Contest in San Jose, which awarded them second place.

“Babies and toddlers generally have early-intervention programs, but nobody hears about teens and preteens,” she said. “You really see a lot of people 8 to 19 with special needs. They are our peers and I can relate to them. They are the lost demographic.”

Trained staff members and volunteers work with the youth, but funding to hire skilled professionals is an ongoing challenge.

“If budgets are cut, then certain programs can no longer be offered and there is danger of a child regressing,” she said.

When she is not occupied with service or schoolwork, Hansen enjoys playing the piano and violin. At BYU, she plans to pursue her passions of film, photography and communications – and service.

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