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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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JOHN LEWIS PUTZ

OBIT JohnPutz

John Lewis Putz, 93, a resident of Los Altos Hills and Los Altos for 45 years, died peacefully on Tuesday morning, November 12th, surrounded by his family. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, John was raised in Spooner, Wisconsin where he grew up on his family’s farm, attending elementary school in a one room school house. Upon graduation from high school he enrolled in the University of Wisconsin, where he received a Bachelor’s degree and lettered in fencing. After serving as a Communication Officer for the Army in the Pacific during WWII he moved to California to attend graduate school at Stanford University.

It was there that he met his future wife, Mary Ann Bardin from Salinas. They were married in 1947 and he received his Doctorate of Engineering degree in 1951. The couple remained in Palo Alto raising their four children while John worked at General Electric and then Varian Associates for 31 years. He was a leader in early Silicon Valley electronics specializing in microwave vacuum tubes. He attained the position of Senior Scientist and was awarded several patents on microwave tube designs. Even past retirement he continued working in the industry with Varian, training and consulting well into his seventies. After Mary Ann’s passing in 1984, he was lucky to find a wonderful companion in Ethel Middleton, and they spent many years traveling together. Throughout his life John shared his love of music with his family, teaching them the ukulele, banjo, mandolin and guitar, and there are many fond memories of nights filled with singing folk and “hootenanny” songs with his children and grandchildren. After retirement and up until his last days he continued to follow his passion for science by developing computer programs as a hobby. John is pre-deceased by his wife of 37 years, Mary Ann Putz, and survived by his four children, Christine Patton (Richard) of Santa Cruz, Bradley Putz of Sonora, Sandy Lynn of Eureka and Steven Putz (Laurie) of Santa Clara, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and will be greatly missed. A private family service is planned.

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