Fri08012014

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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Letters to the Editor

Regulate traffic near Blach school

We reside in Los Altos. We are requesting that the rules in place for “No Drop-Offs” at Carmel Terrace/Altamead Drive be enforced.

Before the “No Drop-Off” signs were installed, the corner was horribly dangerous for those of us who reside on these two streets.

The parents of these schoolchildren are breaking the rules. It has just gotten worse in the past year.

There is no school on these two streets – Blach Intermediate School is on Covington Road. We are now asking that the rules be enforced and that the school have meetings with parents and notify them that they are to drop off and pick up their children at the school their children attend.

We would also like to see a traffic light go up at Covington Road and Miramonte Avenue.

Miramonte is a major link between Foothill Expressway and Highway 101. The wear and tear on our vehicles and the total waste of high-cost gas is inexcusable. It is total gridlock in that area, and a terrible waste of time and added frustration because the “community” sees it “differently.”

Miramonte is a major thoroughfare, and there is absolutely no excuse or reason for not having a traffic light at that very congested intersection.

We hope to see these issued addressed immediately.

L. Sunland

Los Altos

Weigh performance of students from all schools

I appreciated Tom Fernstermacher’s well-written letter to the editor regarding school choice (“What does school choice mean to you?” Town Crier, Oct. 30).

I personally am not an advocate of charter schools unless they are inherently intended to provide students from a disadvantaged community the same standards of education and teacher training as those provided in our high-performing districts.

How this charter school ever garnered support for its inception and what its true intent was has always baffled me. How many of the children that were pulled from public school to attend local private schools or the charter school resurfaced at Blach Intermediate or Egan Junior High to continue their education? Surely, the numbers are available.

Do the teachers at these junior high schools note any distinction between the two groups? It’s time for them to weigh in on this for an accurate representation between the various systems.

I am grateful for the talented teachers who lent a hand to shape our future/current doctors, lawyers, engineers, electricians, social entrepreneurs, teachers, artists, tradesmen, etc., that comprise our geographical area.  

Sandra Beges

Los Altos

Help stop unwanted phone calls

I have registered on the “Do Not Call” list, but I am still getting many calls from various businesses that want me to buy their products.

I am on full-time oxygen and have many medications to take during the day. It is very difficult when I get calls and have to stop my medications and remove all the equipment, answer the telephone and find out that it is just someone wanting to sell me something.

This makes life very difficult for me.

I am not in the market for any of the things they are pushing, and I really object to be subjected to this kind of harassment.

Please tell me how I can stop these annoying calls. Thank you in advance for your help.

Rosemary Panec

Los Altos

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