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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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Real estate association installs 2014 leadership team


courtesy of Nancy Tonna
Members of the 2014 board of directors of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors took the oath of office Jan. 9.

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors installed its 2014 leadership team Jan. 9 at Villa Ragusa in Campbell.

California Association of Realtors President Kevin Brown administered the oath of office to SILVAR’s new president, Alain Pinel Realtors’ David Tonna, and incoming board of directors.

A realtor for 25 years, Tonna served on SILVAR’s board of directors 2004-2007, and from 2009 until the present. He has served as California Association of Realtors Region 9 director since 2005. Tonna has been a member of numerous committees, including Education, PRDS Forms, Budget and Finance, Political Action and Pro Standards, and served as chairman of the Bay Area Realtors Leadership Academy.

Christopher Isaacson, a realtor with Coldwell Banker in Woodside, will serve as SILVAR’s president-elect. Phyllis Carmichael, a realtor with Coldwell Banker in Los Altos, took the oath as the organization’s new treasurer.

SILVAR’s 2014 board of directors includes Carolyn Miller of RE/MAX Real Estate Services, past president; Suzanne Yost of Alain Pinel Realtors, Region 9 chairwoman; Lehua Greenman of Coldwell Banker, Menlo Park/Atherton District chairwoman; Jeff Beltramo of Coldwell Banker, Palo Alto District chairman; Bonnie Kehl and Joe Brown of Coldwell Banker, co-chairs of the Los Altos/Mountain View District; Sue Bose of Referral Realty, Cupertino/Sunnyvale District chairwoman; Mark Von Kaenel of Keller Williams Bay Area Estates, Los Gatos/Saratoga District chairman; John Tripp of Foundation Trust, National Association of Realtors director; Jeff Bell of Coldwell Banker, Mark Burns of Referral Realty, Eileen Giorgi of Keller Williams Bay Area Estates, Bill Moody of Referral Realty, Karen Trolan of Alain Pinel Realtors, directors-at-large; and Simon Offord of the Law Offices of Peter Brewer, affiliate chairman.

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors provided information for this article. For more information, email Rose Meily at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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