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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


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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Honoring an unforgettable woman: Other Voices


Tefft

Carol Tefft died last year. There was only a small notice (Town Crier, Nov. 6), because she had moved from Los Altos to live near her children a few years after her retirement as head librarian at the Los Altos Library. We have had several head librarians since, all professional and very competent, but none like Carol. She formed and guided our library during most of its existence. For those who knew and worked with her, Carol was the face of the library.

Carol became head librarian in 1962, shortly after moving to Los Altos with her family. We didn’t have a dedicated building at that time, though the current one was under construction.

Carol joined the small American Association of University Women group that formed Friends of the Library in the early 1960s. She worked as a Friend to support the library in addition to running it, and she never missed a book sale in 37 years.

In the early years, Friends meetings were held in Carol’s library office, and the Friends reciprocated with assistance whenever needed. When Carol retired as head librarian, she became a regular Friend of the library and sorted books every Thursday.

Carol tapped into the community whenever the library needed something, and the community never failed her. When computers replaced the card catalog, she realized that many cardholders would need assistance learning to use them. She recruited a group of volunteers, taught them how to use the new catalog, then scheduled the 70 volunteers to cover all the library hours. No library had ever called on the community like that before.

Nothing demonstrates Carol’s innovation, library skills and community involvement better than “Carol’s Friday Humor.” She had quickly become the personal computer maven of the community. As we became computer users, we began to receive “Carol’s Friday Humor” via email. Carol collected and organized amusing tidbits sent to her during the week. The consummate librarian cataloged the articles and distributed them Friday evenings via the Internet in what may be one of the first blogs.

An article published in the Town Crier April 21, 1998, the year Carol retired, demonstrated how well she understood the community and stood ready to innovate. Our library was always the first in the system to receive the latest technology. We were the first to have a personal computer available to the public, the first to have a computer checkout machine and, continuing in her spirit, we are scheduled to be the first in the Santa Clara County Library system to have a 3-D printer.

For this reason, we propose that the “Innovation Space” that will house this printer would serve as an appropriate memorial to Carol. Other devices may come and go, but we innovate because of her inspiration. The plaque for this space could read: “Dedicated to Carol Tefft, Los Altos Head Librarian, 1962-1998: Innovator, Inspirational Leader, Beloved Member of the Community.”

Elayne Dauber is a longtime member of Friends of the Library of Los Altos and Community. For more information, visit losaltoslibraryfriends.org.

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