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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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Stanford Electric Works finds new home, customer base in Mtn. View: Business Profile


David Wu/Special to the Town Crier
Stanford Electric Works’ relocation from Palo Alto to Mountain View promises a new, wider customer base, according to co-owner Chris Machala.

It’s been several months since Stanford Electric Works relocated from Palo Alto, its home for nearly a century, to Mountain View, but the electric installation and fixtures company is steadily finding business again.

A complication with the store’s property on High and Everett streets in Palo Alto prompted the move last December.

Stanford Electric Works co-owner Chris Machala had owned a quarter of the Palo Alto property, but one of the other property owners wanted to sell. They sold the property for $3 million to the owner of California Skin Institute, a chain of dermatology clinics, forcing Stanford Electric Works to pack up shop and settle elsewhere.

“The building had too many owners, and one of the partners wanted out,” Machala said. “A doctor made an offer – it was a large offer and it was fair – (and) the building we were in was sold.”

Despite moving operations after nearly 100 years in Palo Alto, Stanford Electric Works hasn’t had much trouble with the transition.

A new showroom at 126 San Antonio Circle with an updated look coupled with a new, wider customer base, have eased the relocation.

“We’re getting a lot of positive responses,” Machala said. “There’s still room for improvement, but business has been OK. A lot of our old customers are following us, and we’re gaining new customers from Mountain View, Los Altos and Sunnyvale.”

According to Machala, the company has maintained the same level of business in Mountain View as in Palo Alto, offering supplies for do-it-yourselfers, interior decorators and contractors, and advice for those looking for electrical installation, service and repairs.

“We’re very happy to be here,” he said. “We like the location, the town. We hope to continue growing and getting to know our neighbors more and go for another hundred years.”

For more information, call 323-4139 or visit stanfordelectricworks.com.

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