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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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Through seasons of life, House of Grace helps women plant new seeds


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Breaking the cycle of addiction and domestic violence, Jennifer celebrates the role the House of Grace Recovery Program played in her transformation.

When Jennifer starts her new job as a dental assistant this week, it won’t be her first job, but it will be the first time the mother of three stands on her own.

Lost, addicted to drugs and nearing her breaking point, 39-year-old Jennifer needed a helping hand. She found that help at CityTeam Ministries’ House of Grace Recovery Program in San Jose, a faith-based, yearlong residential experience that supports women as they struggle to overcome drug addiction, domestic violence and homelessness.

As a young adult, Jennifer watched others in her family fall into a cycle of drug abuse and domestic violence. Without a support system at home, she moved out by the age of 14, mixed with the wrong crowd and headed down the path of addiction. When she became pregnant at 18, Jennifer vowed to be a responsible mom, but the seeds of her disease had already taken root.

“I wasn’t able to be the friend or mother I wanted to be,” said Jennifer, describing how she lost jobs, friends, partners and even her children during her 20-year drug-fueled descent. “(Drugs) took everything from me.”

Six months into her life at House of Grace, Jennifer is rediscovering who she is, renewing her relationship with God and building a community of sisters with other residents unlike any she had experienced.

“One of the most beautiful blessings of this program is that I get to look around and see the growth and restoration happening around me,” said Jennifer of the program’s 20 other participants. “It’s like being in a garden, and each time somebody new comes, it’s like a new plant that blossoms into these gorgeous new flowers.”

In addition to refreshing her technical skills in dental work through CityTeam’s Compass Academy, Jennifer noted that Bible study, life-skills classes and a network of counselors and peers are contributing to her recovery. For younger program residents, volunteer work in the office, at the onsite day-care center or at a food service center proves a valuable training opportunity that often leads to stronger prospects in the job market.

With residents of diverse backgrounds and ages – some as young as 18 – Jennifer said she feels like she is not only being helped, but is also able to help others find the love, support and encouragement that have been missing from her life.

“We come here broken, and moment by moment we’re restored,” she said. “We stay here long enough to not only see the change, but to have a hand in it.”

For more information, visit cityteam.org/san-jose/house-of-grace.

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