Fri08012014

News

"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


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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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County meeting explores future of expressways

Los Altos residents with opinions on the county’s expressway system will have a forum this week to express their thoughts.

Santa Clara County officials have scheduled an open house for residents Thursday on its 2040 County Expressway Plan – a long-range plan for county expressways and the Santa Teresa-Hale Corridor. The plan serves as an update to the county’s original 2003 Expressway Plan and the initial update for the 2008 plan. The meeting is scheduled 6-8 p.m. at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

According to Los Altos Transportation Projects Manager Cedric Novenario, the 2040 plan, estimated to require 18 months to complete, will address maintenance and potential improvements to the county expressway system – including Foothill Expressway. Related county projects, including plans to widen Loyola Bridge, will also be re-examined, he said.

Novenario specifically noted that residents attending the event would have an opportunity to provide input on their personal use of Foothill and other county expressways and to weigh in on the existing conditions.

According to Novenario, county officials plan to examine other aspects of the expressway system, such as traffic conditions where streets intersect expressways. Emphasis will be placed on conditions for pedestrians, cyclists and various other modes of transportation.

“The plan itself is a 10,000-foot-level look at the expressway system,” Novenario told the Town Crier. “The county will build a priority list for each expressway and when funding comes up, they’ll use that list to make improvements.”

Novenario said several staff members from Los Altos in addition to those from the county will attend the open house to gather input from residents on their likes, dislikes and desires for county expressways. Novenario added that he anticipates a high level of interest locally. Residents will be able to review maps and other materials related to county expressway conditions and projects at the meeting.

“As the economy gets back on its feet and more people are working, the expressways are vital to us,” he said. “It’s important for residents to come out and let the county know what works and doesn’t work for them from a user standpoint.”

To provide comments and for more information, call (408) 573-2417, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit expressways.info.

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