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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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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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Palo Alto Medical Foundation launches mobile medical clinic

Busy Bay Area employees can now receive medical care at work.

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Employer Health Services in August launched its new Care-A-Van mobile medical clinic. The Care-A-Van provides primary and wellness services, including annual checkups, blood work and vaccinations.

Several Bay Area employers – the majority located in Silicon Valley – have already signed up for the service, according to PAMF. The Care-A-Van team continues to expand its schedule.

“The demand for this service has been overwhelming,” said Ron Sinha, M.D., a PAMF internist and medical director of the Employer Health Services program. “Employees clearly are concerned about their health but often lack the time to establish care with a new primary-care provider or manage their existing health issues.”

Sinha said the Care-A-Van provides employees the opportunity to get an overdue blood test or vaccination at the convenience of their workplace, with results immediately updated in an electronic health record.

The Care-A-Van has two exam rooms and a medical team offering primary care and wellness services. PAMF medical professionals can work with on-site trainers and nutritionists to develop a comprehensive plan to optimize employees’ health.

Primary care services provided by the Care-a-Van include:

• Annual physicals

• Treatment for basic health problems

• Counseling on test results (blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and body mass index)

• Lab services

• Vaccinations

If a work location offers on-site screening services that identify a particular health problem (for example, blood pressure, cholesterol or weight), the employee can schedule a visit with a Care-A-Van doctor for help and advice to improve his or her health.

Any immunizations or lab tests a patient receives in the Care-A-Van will also be documented in the patient’s electronic health record. PAMF patients can use My Health Online to manage their health information online, access key components of their medical records, request prescription renewals and appointments, view laboratory test results and communicate with their care team directly via email. PAMF’s free My Health Online service is also available via the My Chart app on both iPhone and Android devices.

For more information, visit pamf.org.

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