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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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Senior author showcases limited-edition books at local Litquake event


Courtesy of Moldaw Residences
Former Los Altos resident Frederica Postman, who now lives at Moldaw Residences in Palo Alto, creates limited-edition artists’ books like “The True Collector.” She showcased her talent last month at Litquake Palo Alto.

Former Los Altos resident Frederica Postman discussed her limited-edition artists’ books last month at the second Litquake Palo Alto, a festival of books, community and ideas held at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center.

Postman, now a resident of Moldaw Residences in Palo Alto, has enjoyed writing and expressing herself through art. After publishing and selling three limited-edition artists’ books on various topics, she is quite familiar with the book writing and publishing processes.

Her works, however, may not be familiar to the everyday reader. She creates specialized books that are produced in small editions and often as one-of-a-kind objects referred to as “uniques.”

“These can be hard to describe,” Postman said. “They are handmade books – literally, works of art – and the collectors who buy them treat them as such. They are not just something you take out of a library.”

Postman was a letterpress printer for 50 years, so she began creating the books herself with artist Bonnie Stone, who illustrated them. Together, they completed the entire printing process and would sell their painstakingly crafted masterpieces.

“The True Collector,” for example, is a handmade book assembled alphabetically about particular things people collect, with a short essay on each letter. Postman and Stone created only 100 copies, which sold out at The Woodlands Museum in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago.

“The entire process of these literary pieces of art coming together is like watching your child grow,” Postman said. “The end result brings tremendous satisfaction and pride. It’s work, but it’s also great pleasure.”

Postman had attended previous Litquake events in San Francisco to celebrate all kinds of literature. She said she appreciated participating in one closer to home – Moldaw residences is adjacent to the Oshman center.

“We are proud to have such renowned and accomplished authors like … Frederica living here at Moldaw,” said Miki Raver, lifestyles services director at Moldaw Residences. “And we’re thrilled to be connected with the JCC offering this Litquake Palo Alto event for the second year. It’s a great opportunity for our residents and the community to enjoy.”

For more information on Litquake Palo Alto, visit paloaltojcc.org/litquake.

For more information on Moldaw Residences, call (800) 873-9614 or visit moldaw.org.

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