'Rock Back the Clock': End of an era, beginning of new one

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Time has run out for “Rock Back the Clock,” the 1950s-themed dance party at Rancho Shopping Center.

After 25 successful years, the “Rock Back the Clock” Committee has decided to end the annual 1950s-themed event held at Rancho Shopping Center in Los Altos.


Book drive benefits homeless children

Courtesy of Project Night Night
A child receives a Project Night Night care package that contains a blanket, a book and a stuffed animal.

Members of Los Altos Mothers Uniting Mothers are asking for the community’s help in reaching their goal of collecting 1,000 books for homeless children.

The group of approximately 40 moms – more commonly known as MUMs – initiated the book drive for Project Night Night, a nonprofit agency that supports children in need.


How abusive husband turned wife's own technology against her

This is the third in a six-part series on domestic violence and technological abuse. Names, professions, history and other personal identifying features have been changed to create a composite character to protect confidentiality. After leaving her abusive husband, Beth discovers that he has been using technology to stalk, frighten, control and discredit her and then learns what to do about it. To read parts 1 and 2, visit


LAH innovator earns recognition for bioengineering contributions

Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Gary Cleary displays the Founders Award the Controlled Release Society bestowed on him in recognition of his achievements.

Los Altos Hills resident Gary Cleary has made a living getting under people’s skin. And their lives are the better for it.

Cleary pioneered the use of transdermal – or controlled-release – products. His work can be found in such everyday applications as teeth-whitening strips and nicotine patches.


Los Altos clothing designer preaches 'slow fashion' with museum exhibition

Courtesy of Darcy Fowkes
Darcy Fowkes’ daughter Cari Levay models one of the “slow fashion” designs that have become Fowkes’ specialty.

Los Altos resident Darcy Fowkes aims to prove that it’s possible to be fashionable and environmentally friendly at the same time.

Fowkes is a textile artist and clothing designer focused on designs using sustainable materials. She has been sewing for more than 40 years and making her own patterns for more than two decades. Her work is part of an exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, “Recycled, Up-Cycled, Re-Purposed Clothing Design: A Slow Fashion Movement.” The exhibition runs through Sept. 6 at 520 S. First St., San Jose.


Former Los Altos resident clinches Ms. Wheelchair America title

Courtesy of Alette Coble-Temple
Alette Coble-Temple wears the crown of Ms. Wheelchair America.

When Alette Coble-Temple was born, doctors predicted she had a mere 10 percent chance of survival. The umbilical cord had wound its way around her neck, forcing medical staff to sever it – and her oxygen supply – a full six minutes before delivery.

The emergency procedure led to cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder affecting muscle coordination and necessitating that Coble-Temple use a wheelchair. The disability has factored into many of the challenges Coble-Temple has faced throughout her life, but she is proud to say it has also heightened her identity.


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