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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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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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A little more elbow room : Expansion at State Street's Pompeii Ristorante nearly complete


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Pompeii Ristorante currently has a 46-seat capacity in its main dining room. Co-owner Gilbert Gutierrez, pictured, plans to add more than 20 seats by expanding into the space next door.

A project nearly two years in the making is about to cross the finish line.

Gabriel and Felipe Gutierrez, owners of Pompeii Ristorante at 100 State St., told the Town Crier last week that work to expand their popular Italian eatery is nearing completion. Barring any unforeseen problems, the brothers plan to open the additional dining area no later than Valentine’s Day.

News of the restaurant’s addition came in March 2012 after the duo opted for a larger restaurant area and leased the former home of Donut Du Jour at 108 State St., next to Pompeii.

The expansion will add more than 20 seats to the restaurant’s existing 46-seat dining area. Pompeii also offers 30-plus outdoor patio seats – added space that is frequently unavailable during the cold and rainy seasons.

“It will mean being able to do more things and (accommodate) more customers – and that’s good. We like that,” Felipe said.

He added that the impetus behind the expansion was simple – to more efficiently serve customers who would otherwise be forced to wait 30 to 45 minutes for a table in the restaurant’s main dining area.

The duo attributed the duration of the nearly two-year project to several factors, including the city’s lengthy approval process for the expansion plan and the time needed for renovations, which began in earnest in September.

Gabriel said the added space would allow them to accommodate larger parties during lunch and dinner. In addition to more tables and shorter wait times for customers, the new space will also provide a larger work area for the employees and a second restroom for patrons.

“It’s going to help a lot,” said Gabriel, who along with Felipe opened Pompeii at the corner of Fourth and State streets approximately seven years ago. “Everything just looks bigger. It’s going to be easier to do a lot of things, like storing more inventory.”

The Gutierrez brothers are quick to express their gratitude for the support – and patience – they’ve received from regular customers during the 23 months needed to complete the project. After all, they noted, the restaurant’s expansion is ultimately the result of a growing and loyal customer base.

“Every day we’d have customers who would ask, ‘When are you going to open next door?’” Gabriel said. “We really do have good customers, and they make us feel like we’re family. It’s like they’ve known us forever.”

For more information, visit pompeii- ristorante.com.

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