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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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Plight of local homeless topic of annual CSA breakfast


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
CSA Executive Director Tom Myers, right, congratulates Jean and Barbara Mordo on their “Hometown Heroes” award.

The homeless are everywhere, even in affluent Silicon Valley, and they don’t fit the stereotype of the dirty panhandler on the street corner.

Tom Myers, executive director of the Community Services Agency of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, made that point during CSA’s annual “Hometown Heroes” breakfast, held Friday at the Microsoft Corp. headquarters in Mountain View.

Myers showed the audience a portion of Bill Moyers’ recent documentary, “Homeless in High Tech’s Shadow,” which featured some local homeless people who could be mistaken for young engineers and others who had jobs but could not afford a place to live.

CSA, which provides a safety net of support for the struggling, assists a wide range of people through its food and nutrition center, homeless services and help for seniors, including a lunch and nutrition program.

Myers said that of the 110,000 estimated residents in Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, 1 in 17 is a CSA client. That number increased nearly 300 over the previous fiscal year, from 6,279 in 2011-2012 to 6,558 in 2012-2013.

Acknowledging the innovations of Silicon Valley, Myers wondered whether “we can harness that brain power” to fix the homeless problem.

Los Altos City Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins, a CSA board member, noted that the nonprofit’s goal is not offering a handout, but “a hand up.” Myers pointed to CSA’s mission statement and the agency’s desire to promote “stability, self-reliance and dignity.”

Honorees at this year’s event included CSA volunteers Jean and Barbara Mordo of Los Altos and past and present Mountain View City Councils for their ongoing support.

“At CSA, all things done here are outstanding and very worthy of your time and effort,” Barbara Mordo said.

Oscar Garcia, president and CEO of the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, said he and his family have used CSA in times of need.

As he reminded the large gathering at the “Hometown Heroes” event: “You’re just one tragedy, one life circumstance away from needing services from CSA.”

For more information, visit csacares.org.

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