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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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Obituaries

Norman Blank

Norman Blank, a world renowned radiologist in the analysis and interpretation of chest X-rays at Stanford University School of Medicine, died Aug. 22 at his Los Altos Hills home after a two-year battle with cancer. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., he was 73.

Mr. Blank served in the United States infantry during World War II. He graduated magna cum laude from Western Reserve University in Cleveland in 1948, where he also received his medical degree in 1952.

Mr. Blank came to Stanford University School of Medicine as an assistant professor of radiology in 1962, where he later became an associate and full professor.

He was a founding member and past president of the Fleischner Society.

His real passion in medicine was teaching. He received the student-nominated Henry J. Kaiser award for excellence in teaching numerous times and became professor emeritus and accepted the position as Director of Medical School Admissions, both functions which he performed until his death.

Mr. Blank is survived by his wife Donna; five children and spouses, Roberta Blank and Thomas Yocom, Elizabeth Blank and Peter Wilcox, Rebecca Blank and Jerry Anderson, Lowell Blank and Diana Blank, and Jeannette and Rainey Meszaros; five siblings; seven grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services are scheduled at 2 p.m., Oct. 4 at Temple Beth Am in Los Altos Hills.

Shelagh Cann

Shelagh Cann died Sept. 4 at her home in Los Altos Hills after a long battle with emphysema. A native of Calgary, Canada, and 40-year Los Altos resident, she was 71.

Mrs. Cann had been active until recent years as a tennis player at the Fremont Hills Country Club and with her husband in the Los Altos Rotary Club and the Foothills Congregational Church.

Mrs. Cann is survived by her husband, Bruce; two children, Graham Cann of Los Altos Hills and Sandra Kiene; and six grandchildren, Kristina, Evan, Kimberley, Ryan, Gabriel and Grainger.

Private family services were held Sept. 6. A Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, at Foothills Congregational Church in Los Altos.

Marjorie Cochran

Patton Kaub

Marjorie Cochran Patton Kaub, of Sunnyvale, an organist for Foothills Congregational Church in Los Altos for 20 years, died Sept. 14. She was 69.

A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Mrs. Patton Kaub received a master's degree in music from Indiana University in 1951. She married that same year to Rollin Marcum ("Mark") Patton.

Following Mr. Patton's death in 1988, Mrs. Patton Kaub married Karl F. Kaub in 1990.

In addition to her work at Foothills Congregational, Mrs. Patton Kaub played at First Congregational Church in San Jose and was a substitute musician for various churches, schools and music groups in the Bay Area.

Mrs. Patton Kaub is survived by her mother, Margaret Alcorn Cochran of Dunedin, Fla.; her husband, Karl F. Kaub; her children, Sara Patton of Maui, Hawaii; Tom Patton of Carson City, Nev.; Scott Patton of San Francisco; and Nancy Patton of Sunnyvale; and her stepchildren, Lisa Hernacki of Santa Clarita, and Kurt Kaub of Sunnyvale.

A memorial service is set for 1 p.m., Sunday, at the Presbyterian Church of Sunnyvale, 728 W. Fremont Ave., Sunnyvale.

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