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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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Parents, boys united in Gardner Bullis, Bullis Charter School Cub Scouts pack


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Members of Cub Scouts Pack 78 line up for a group photo during a tour of the Town Crier last week.

Contrary to the rancor framing the Bullis Charter School facilities debate, Los Altos School District and charter school children – and their parents – are getting along just fine through their involvement in Cub Scouts Pack 78.

The relatively new pack – formed approximately five years ago – has been invigorated over the past year, growing from 17 boys to 65.

The expansion is due in part to the efforts of pack parents like Nancy Bremeau, Julian Ting and Mark Blair.

“In the beginning, it was a challenge,” said Bremeau, pack committee chairwoman. “Parents were saying, ‘We’re a combined pack with that school?’ So we said, ‘We’re going to build our own community.’”

Pack leaders stress inclusiveness. The first paragraph of the Pack 78 website states that the pack does not tolerate discrimination in any form.

Boys ages 6-11 (first- through fifth-graders) participate in a range of activities, from building and launching rockets to field trips to Castle Rock. Pack members visited the offices of the Town Crier last week.

Membership, Bremeau said, comprises virtually equal numbers from Gardner Bullis and Bullis Charter schools.

“A lot of us at Gardner Bullis are finding out that the pack has been a really good way to get to know each other,” Bremeau said.

Ting said parents and children from both schools have built a good camaraderie.

“This is a great example of putting the kids first,” said Ting, a charter school parent.

“It’s been such a positive thing for me,” said Blair, the pack’s cubmaster.

Unlike Boy Scouts, the Cub Scout pack encourages parents to stay at meetings and participate. And yes, they share school facilities use.

For more information, visit pack-78.com.

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