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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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Los Altos church continues fight to end Alzheimer’s disease

Los Altos United Methodist Church has been the top fundraising team for the annual Bay Area “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” for the past 12 years.

The local team has raised more than $500,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association for research, advocacy, education and caregiver support services.

Team captain Patty Kenny and church member Susan O’Neil, along with a small group of leaders, built a team of 110 walkers who braved inclement weather Sept. 21 to generate more than $60,000.

Along with fundraising, we are committed to education about this terrible disease. We understand that people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers are able to live a better quality of life with support and care. For example, holiday travel to visit family and friends can open eyes to cognitive and physical changes in a loved one. The Alzheimer’s Association’s national 24-hour helpline experienced a 13 percent rise in calls during the 2012 holiday season.

Learning the 10 warning signs can help family members gauge whether changes they see are normal or atypical. Many family members, in hindsight, have noticed changes sometimes years before a doctor diagnoses a person with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Signs to look for:

1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life.

2. Challenges in planning and solving problems.

3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, work or leisure.

4. Confusion with time or place.

5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.

6. New problems with words in speaking or writing.

7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.

8. Decreased or poor judgment.

9. Withdrawal from work or social activities.

10. Changes in mood or personality.

When persistent and consistent changes occur, it is time to call the doctor for a consultation. We all exhibit the above symptoms from time to time. It is only when a pattern that gets in the way of everyday life develops that a doctor should be consulted.

Early detection can play a key role in the quality of life for a person with dementia. There are treatments that can help a dementia sufferer maintain a level of independence for a long period of time. Support and knowledge of Alzheimer’s can assist caregivers as they plan for and manage the disease. November is the ideal time to educate yourself – it’s National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month as well as National Caregiver Month – and a wealth of resources are available.

Our mission at Los Altos United Methodist Church is “Touching Heaven, Changing Earth with Head, Heart and Hands.” We are convinced that fighting dementia by supporting research and offering community education for those with dementia and their caregivers fulfills that sacred call.

For a complete list of the 10 warning signs, visit alz.org/alzheimers_disease_10_signs_of_alzheimers.asp or call our 24/7 helpline at (800) 272-3900.

Bonnie Bollwinkel is professional education specialist for the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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