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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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ELFRIEDE “ELFIE” WIESENDANGER

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OBIT ElfriedeWiesendanger2

   
1/11/1927 – 11/19/2013
Resident of Los Altos

On November 19, 2013 we lost a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and overall terrific human being after battling dementia for the last several years.

Elfie was born and raised in Switzerland and married her husband Hans in May, 1954. In 1955, Hans took a research position at UCLA and they immigrated to California. Elfie was pregnant with their first child Thomas, who coincidentally was the first baby born in the new UCLA hospital. While Hans’s assignment at UCLA was for two years, they fell in love with California and never went back home. In 1957 they moved to Mountain View and then to Los Altos in 1967.

Elfie was a stay at home mom raising 4 children, often singlehandedly as Hans often travelled internationally for work. While a credentialed kindergarten teacher in Switzerland, she went back to school and received her Library degree from Foothill College. As the kids grew up, in 1974 Elfie hired into the Germanic Studies area of the Green Library at Stanford University. She loved to sing and was a member of the Stanford Symphonic Choir for over 10 years. Elfie retired from Stanford after 20 years and in 2004, Elfie and Hans move to Vi in Palo Alto to enjoy their senior years.

In addition to singing, Elfie loved classical music, fine art, entertaining, knitting and raising flowers. She took art appreciation classes well into her 60’s. Elfie was a very strong woman swimming every day or walking to keep fit. She doted on her grandkids taking them to the park, the ballet, movies and playing games with them. Elfie and Hans were members of the Peninsula Swiss Club for over 30 years.

Elfie was preceded in death by her youngest son Felix Paul, who passed away in 1991, after a lengthy illness. During that period she was a tremendous, devoted care giver to Felix ensuring his final days were as comfortable as possible.

Elfie is survived by her husband Hans of 59 years, her son Thomas and his wife Dodi from Zurich Switzerland, her Daughter Brigitte and her husband Eric Imhof of Pinole, CA and son Mark and his wife Judy, of Danville, CA and her beloved grandchildren Sarah and Jonas Wiesendanger living in Zurich, Switzerland; Eric Pierson Imhof in Pinole, and Christina and Kathryn Wiesendanger in Danville.

While we mourn her loss here on earth, we are thankful that she did not suffer and that now after 22 long years, she is reunited with her son Felix Paul.

A celebration of life will be held at 2p.m. on January 11, at the Vi located at 620 Sand Hill Road in Palo Alto, CA. The family is especially grateful to the wonderful staff and caregivers at the Vi, who were always very warm and compassionate, and always had a smile on their face.

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