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E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk

E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk


Courtesy of Microbe World
Colorized low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria

When E. coli and other bacteria were discovered in some Los Altos water last week, officials from the local water supplier, California Water...

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Schools

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

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Community

Google car painting project calls on artists

Google car painting project calls on artists


Google self-driving car

Already known as an innovator in the tech field, Google Inc. is now moving in on the art world.

The Mountain View-based company July 11 launched the “Paint the Town” contest, a “moving art experiment” that invites Califo...

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Sports

Pedaling with a purpose

Pedaling with a purpose


courtesy of
Rishi Bommannan Rishi Bommannan cycled from Bates College in Maine to his home in Los Altos Hills, taking several selfies along the way. He also raised nearly $13,000 for the Livestrong Foundation, which supports cancer patients.

When R...

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Comment

The truth about coyotes: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s recent article on coyotes venturing down from the foothills in search of sustenance referenced the organization Project Coyote (“Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge,” July 1). Do not waste your time contac...

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Special Sections

Grant Park senior program made permanent

Grant Park senior program made permanent


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Local residents participate in an exercise class at the Grant Park Senior Center, above. Betsy Reeves, below left with Gail Enenstein, lobbied for senior programming in south Los Altos.

It all began when Betsy Reev...

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Business

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos Rug Gallery owner Fahim Karimi stocks his State Street store with a wall-to-wall array of floor coverings.

A new downtown business owner plans to roll out the red carpet – along with rugs of every other color –...

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Books

Book Signings

• Fritz and Nomi Trapnell have scheduled a book-signing party 4-6 p.m. Aug. 1 at their home, 648 University Ave., Los Altos.

Fritz and his daughter, Dana Tibbitts, co-authored “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, ...

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People

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on Septem...

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Travel

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
San Francisco-based humangear Inc. sells totes, tubes and tubs for traveling.

In travel, as in romance, it’s the little things that count.

Beyond the glossy brochures lie the travel discomforts too mun...

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Stepping Out

Going out with a 'Bang'

Going out with a 'Bang'


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of t...

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Spiritual Life

Build a 'light' house and get out of that dark place

Most of us have a place inside our hearts and minds that occasionally causes us trouble. For some, it is sadness, depression or despair. For others, it may be fear, anger, resentment or myriad other emotional “dark places” that at times seem to hij...

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Magazine

Inside Mountain View

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
NASA Ames’ Pluto Flyover event kindles the imaginations of young attendees.

Sue Moore watched the July 20, 1969, moon landing beside patients and staff members of the San Francisco hospital where she worked as a nurse...

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Sports on the Side

MV runners honored

Mountain View High's Garrett Rowe (a sophomore) and Parker Shuh (freshman) were recently named first team all-state for boys cross country. Rowe, competing in Division II, placed fifth at the state meet and second at the Central Coast Section finals in November. Shuh finished 50th at the state meet.

Evaluation for Juniors

Players interested in playing in the Juniors division of Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Little League this season are asked to attend the evaluation session 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday at Los Altos High (rescheduled to Feb. 10 at Purissima Field if it rains). For more information, contact Mark Walden at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Coaches sought

Los Altos High needs spring coaches for diving, junior-varsity badminton, jumps for track and field, and an assistant for softball. If interested, call athletic director Kim Cave at 960-8857 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Pinewood School is looking for a varsity swim coach. Call athletic director Matt Stimson at 941-6044 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Soccer players wanted

The MVLA Earthquakes, an under-14 boys Class I soccer team, seeks experienced, hard-working players born after July 21, 1994. For more information., contact Wayne Kania at (408) 499-0334 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The De Anza Force Soccer Club's Black and Blue girls teams, for players born in 1992 and 1993, have scheduled tryouts 10 a.m. to noon March 1 and 8 at Garden Gate Elementary in Cupertino. Both teams will play in the Class 1, Division 1 Abronzino League in the fall. For more information, contact Black coach Owen Flannery at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Blue coach Shawn Medved at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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