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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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MVHS grad's documentary screening supports local nonprofit


Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Mountain View High School graduate Jose Antonio Vargas revealed his status as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times Magazine in 2011.

Vargas recently produced a film, “Documented,” chronicling his journey from the Philippines to the U.S. as a child, his public struggle as an immigration reform activist/provocateur and his journey inward as he reconnected with his mother, whom he hadn’t seen in 20 years. The documentary aims to underscore a broken immigration system that leads to broken families and broken lives.

Vargas began filming in April 2011, two months before publicly disclosing his undocumented status. Since coming out, he’s participated in more than 150 events in nearly 40 states. “Documented” includes footage of the time he crashed a Mitt Romney rally in Iowa before the caucuses.

A journalist for more a decade, Vargas has written for Rolling Stone, the Huffington Post and the Washington Post, where he was part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech. He has covered a wide range of issues, from technology’s and social media’s impact on politics to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the nation’s capital and the 2008 presidential campaign.

Vargas is partnering with MVLA Community Scholars to host a screening of “Documented” 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. MVLA Community Scholars, which supports local students via scholarships and mentors, helped Vargas fund his education.

Tickets are $27. A VIP package includes a pre-event reception with Vargas.

For tickets and more information, visit mvlacommunityscholars.org or purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=23838&event_val=LADO.

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