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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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Comment

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


Shaw

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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Rubin replaces Hall as head coach of St. Francis girls volleyball team


St. Francis High administrators didn’t have to look far to find their next varsity girls volleyball coach – he was already on campus.

They announced Dec. 16 that Mike Rubin, a physics teacher who has coached the varsity boys volleyball team and freshman girls squad, will run the girls program. Rubin replaces Leahi Hall, who stepped down after five seasons as head coach.

“We are extremely excited about the appointment of Mike Rubin as our new head girls volleyball coach,” athletic director Michael Pilawski said in a press release. “Mike has done amazing things with our boys program and has been an integral part of our girls program the past two years. Mike’s knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for our school and our tradition will surely continue the great success of our girls program both on and off the court.”

Rubin will continue to run the boys team, which plays in the spring. In his 10 years at the helm, the Lancers claimed two Central Coast Section championships and four West Catholic Athletic League titles. He was named a CCS Honor Coach in 2009.

“I am honored that the athletic department and the administration have given me the opportunity to lead the St. Francis girls volleyball team” Rubin said in a press release. “As the head coach, I look forward to continuing the tradition of athletic excellence and dedication that has strengthened the St. Francis community for many years. Our goal is to continue to build a program that consistently competes for CCS and state championships through teamwork and diligence.”

Rubin takes over a team that went 24-13 this year and was swept by Los Altos in the CCS semifinals. The Lancers last won CCS in 2011 and captured a state crown in 2010, Hall’s second season as coach.

Although Hall will no longer lead the Lancers, she isn’t leaving St. Francis.

“Leahi is still working at the school and that continues to be her plan at this time,” Pilawski said when the Town Crier asked why she resigned. “The decision to leave was purely her decision at this time.”

Girls soccer

Prospect scored on an indirect free kick with 10 minutes left to beat host Pinewood 1-0 Dec. 17.

“We should have won this game, since we had the better chances, but we could not convert,” said coach Michael Tetzlaff, whose Panthers slumped to 1-5.

Girls basketball

The Los Altos girls (4-3) won the King’s Academy Tournament by beating Prospect, Aragon and the host team by double-digit points. Three Eagles reached double figures in their 49-32 rout of King’s in the Dec. 14 final: Meg Enthoven (14 points), Katie Munro (12) and Meghan McDermott (11).

That same day, Mountain View claimed the Monta Vista Tournament with a victory over the host team. Jayme Hughes was voted MVP and fellow Spartan Cori Nishimoto made the all-tourney team.

St. Francis (5-2) didn’t fare quite as well in the Terra Nova Tournament final Dec. 14. The Lancers fell 56-43 to Santa Rosa, despite Adriana Frazier’s 16 points.

Boys basketball

Los Altos beat host Leland 65-49 in non-league action Dec. 16 behind 26 points from Joey Malgesini. Steven Garverick and Daniel Rosenbaum added 15 and 14 points, respectively, for the Eagles (4-4).

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