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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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CHARLES (CHUCK/CANDY) JOHN CANDIANO

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Chuck was born February 8, 1929 in Chicago, IL to Concettina (Avola) and Carlo Candiano. He grew up in an Italian-Polish neighborhood in Chicago, and attended Wells High School, where he played trumpet in the school band and participated in student govt. and theater. An avid music lover, he managed to see all the popular Big Bands of the era whenever they came to town.

Following HS, he worked 4 years at Wrap-In-Wax Paper Company before attending University of Arizona in Tucson, where he continued to play the trumpet, joined the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, and received a BS in Business Administration/Advertising. To fulfill his ROTC requirements, he completed 2 years of military service in the US Army, serving as Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer in Recon Company, 4th Infantry Division.

In 1957, Chuck and Sally Neill married in Encino, California after meeting in the US Officer’s Club in Frankfurt, Germany where he was stationed after WWII and she was employed at the US Embassy in the Foreign Service Corps. They lived briefly in Arizona, where Chuck attended the American Institute for Foreign Trade (Thunderbird). From there, while he pursued a career in international business, they moved to Wash. DC, NYC, Chicago and New Mexico before moving to Los Altos, CA, where they lived for 37 years and raised their daughter, Nicole.

Chuck worked in the wine industry in CA (Italian Swiss Colony, Christian Brothers, Mirassou) for 34 years. He traveled extensively overseas during this time, a pioneer in the export of CA wines in an era when they were just beginning to be recognized around the world. Chuck was chosen to accompany the Sect. of State of CA on a trade mission to Asia during the late 1970’s…a career highlight. He maintained warm and long-lasting friendships over the years with his business contacts in many countries.

Chuck and Sally retired to Cloverdale, CA in 2000, where they enjoyed visiting the nearby wineries and the redwood forests of Northern CA, and made many new friends. In 2006, they moved to WA to be closer to family and resided at Emerald Heights in Redmond, where their circle of friends expanded again.

Chuck was a devoted husband, exemplary father, and proud grandfather. Family always came first for him.  Following a serious stroke in the late 90s, he endured many years of disability with humor and grace, always making sure others were comfortable. His generosity was immeasurable.

Chuck died November 19, 2013. He was 84.

Chuck is preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Sally, and sister, Nancy Mylander. He is survived by his daughter, Nicole; son-in-law, Bruce (Johnson); granddaughter, Caya; sister, Grace Santangelo (Bartlett, IL); one niece, four nephews and their families.

A Memorial Service will be held on Dec. 14, 11AM at Emerald Heights, Redmond, WA. A Funeral Mass will be said on Dec. 16, 9AM at St. Jude Catholic Church, Redmond WA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: The EvergreenHealth Foundation, Hospice Services, 12040 NE 128th St, MS 5, Kirkland, WA, 98034-3013, https://foundation.evergreenhospital.org OR Homes for Our Troops, 6 Main St., Taunton, MA 02780. 866-7-TROOPS. https://www.hfotusa.org/donate. Friends are invited to share memories and sign the guestbook at: www.flintofts.com.

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