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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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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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Special Sections

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies


Bill Steiner’s grass is green, left, even amid the drought. He followed Max Todd’s water and maintainence instructions after having his lawn aerated, Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Green lawns are not necessarily on the endangered list during the d...

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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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Logan caps volleyball career; Quinlan named All-Freshman

Several college athletes with local roots enjoyed stellar seasons last fall. Their accomplishments follow.

• Los Altos High graduate Paige Logan capped her college volleyball career in November. Introduced on Senior Night as the “greatest player in Caltech history,” she promptly showed why – notching a career-high 25 kills and 18 digs in a four-game loss to West Coast Baptist. Logan leaves the program as the career leader in kills and second in blocks.

• Riley Quinlan of Los Altos, a cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, was named to the Western Water Polo Association All-Freshman Team. The utility player recorded four goals, three assists and four steals while playing all 18 games for Air Force. Quinlan was captain of the Bellarmine boys team in 2012, which won the Central Coast Section Division I championship.

• Los Altos resident Olivia Quaglia was one of three members of the Dartmouth College field hockey team to earn All-Ivy League honors. The senior received Honorable Mention distinction after anchoring the Dartmouth defense by playing in the middle of the backfield. Quaglia started all 17 games for the fourth consecutive year. The St. Francis High graduate set career highs for goals (six), assists (six) and defensive saves (five).

• Los Altos High graduates and sisters Laura and Lisa Murphy played in the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Tournament. Laura, a junior, started at right defense for Mount Holyoke College; Lisa, a sophomore, played off the bench as a midfielder for Christopher Newport University. Laura’s team reached the round of 16, while Lisa’s squad advanced to the semifinals.

• Tori Carroll, a sophomore outside hitter on the Foothill College women’s volleyball team, was named First Team All-American. The Los Altos native and Homestead High graduate helped the Owls finish first in the Coast Conference South Division and reach the second round of the regional playoffs.

• Aided by Mountain View High graduate Jeremy Gomberg, the University of Redlands men’s golf team won the CSU San Marcos Classic, the final fall tuneup before the spring season. The senior shot a three-round total of 215 to finish sixth overall. The Bulldogs won the tournament by 30 strokes.

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