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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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20 years and counting : Downtown design and construction firm celebrates anniversary


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Ilona Lindauer, founder and president of IKB, right, started her company after learning how to redesign her own Los Altos home. The company is celebrating 20 years in the construction industry.

It all started with a do-it-yourself home project, a little energy and a lot of learning for IKB founder and president Ilona Lindauer.

Lindauer, a Los Altos resident since 1973, recently recalled the humble start that led her to found her design, construction and interior services company, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary in the business. According to Lindauer, IKB’s roots lie in her desire to renovate parts of her own Los Altos home in the mid-1980s.

“I started this business because I wanted something to keep me busy,” Lindauer said with a chuckle, recalling the steps she originally took to redesign her home. “It was just something I figured I was good at.”

Despite her can-do mindset, Lindauer said she quickly learned that there was much more to redesigning a home than she anticipated. She began taking design classes locally and eventually earned her certification as a kitchen and bath designer. A few years later, the New York native took things a step further, earning her general contractor’s license and founding the Main Street-based IKB.

“I had a tool belt and I hung Sheetrock,” Lindauer said of her company’s modest start. “One thing led to another. … I found that I liked all aspects of the (design and construction) business. I liked building, I liked talking to clients – there’s nothing I didn’t like about it.”

Lindauer, who currently serves as a board member for the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, said the key to her company’s success comes down to a willingness to apply a little elbow grease.

“It’s just hard work. … It’s about meeting with clients and keeping the lines of communication open. It’s about making promises and keeping them,” she said.

She also credited her staff of seven at IKB for the company’s sustained success. IKB has won numerous industry accolades, including a National Association of the Remodeling Industry Award, since the company’s inception.

“I think we have a phenomenal team here,” she said. “They are what makes our company great.”

Lindauer noted that while many things have changed over the 20-year span, one thing hasn’t – her passion for her work.

“I still want to do a good job,” she noted. “I want to put people in functional, beautiful environments that meet their unique needs.”

IKB is located at 346 Main St. For more information, visit ikbinc.com.


IKB celebrates 20 years in business - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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