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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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RUTH HORNICK SPENCER

OBIT RuthSpencer

Our beloved mother, Ruth Hornick Spencer, was called to her Lord and Savior on Monday, September 23 at the beautiful age of 90 years old. She was greeted at her heavenly reward by her parents, brother and her husband of 60 years, Bill C Spencer, who preceded her in death in 2006. 

Ruth was born on the south side of Chicago on March 12, 1923. Ruth was the apple of her dad’s eye (he died when she was 12 years old) and had the tenacity, boldness and self confidence of her mother.

In 1945 a young, handsome airman from Oklahoma was on leave in Chicago and was struck by this beauty sitting at the bar! He made it a point to see who was under that wide brimmed hat, and hence the love affair that lasted 60 years began.

They raised their family in Dallas, TX. Andrea was their first born, followed ten and a half months later by Renée and son, Craig. It was a modest beginning but Ruth was a very creative, resourceful mother and homemaker. She was determined to have the best for her kids, and when the World Book Encyclopedia salesman come knocking on the door, she knew she wanted those for her kids, but money was tightly budgeted. So…She went to work for World Book to earn Andrea, Renée and Craig a set! Hence, the beginning of her career with World Book that spanned over 40 years. Ruth spent her life trying to help others get ahead thru knowledge.

In 1996 the family was transferred to the San Francisco peninsula and Ruth fell in love with the California weather and lifestyle.

For over 25 years Ruth was actively involved in the Federated Women’s Club of Los Altos, CA. serving as president on several occasions and still selling those World Books!

In 1999, Bill and Ruth moved to Sun City in Georgetown, Texas to be closer to family. In 2009 Ruth relocated to El Paso, where her daughter Andrea lives.

Ruth has spent her life being a friend and supporter to many, always enacting gestures of kindness and generosity. She has touched hearts and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Her mantra was always: “It is in giving that we receive”. She was a devoted Catholic; bold in her beliefs and stood firmly on God’s promises.

Surrounded by her children at her passing and left to cherish her memory are Andi Meece (Tom) of El Paso, TX, Renée Jantzen (Gene) of Sun City Georgetown, TX and son, Craig (Beth) of San Francisco, CA.

Grandchildren Matthew Meece, Megan Paul (Zach), MacKenzie Miller, Morgan Buchek (Brian), Connor Spencer, Lauren Spencer and Caroline Spencer.

Great-grand children, Braden, Brody and Brielle Buchek.

Special appreciation goes to her friend and devoted caretaker, Patty Avila and Willie Olmstead with Hospice El Paso.

Funeral Mass for our mother was held on Thursday, September 26 at 11:00 am at Queen of Peace Church, El Paso, Texas. Services entrusted to Martin Funeral Home West, 128 N. Resler Dr., El Paso, Texas 79912. www.martinfuneralhomewest.com

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