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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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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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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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Town Crier's top 10 sports stories of '97

As local sports go, this was a year to remember. A lot of high school teams and individuals either won Central Coast Section championships or made serious runs at them. And one team surprised us by simply being competitive. The Town Crier's top 10 sports stories of the year appear below:

10) Freshman phenom - Los Altos High tennis player Lena Sherbakov may only be a freshman, but she certainly didn't play like one last fall. The Eagles' No. 1 singles player won 23 straight matches before losing in the quarterfinals of the CCS team championships Nov. 22. She took third in the individual championships later in the month.

9) Making a splash - The St. Francis High girls swim team routed the competition at the CCS finals in June. The Lancers racked up 279 points - a whopping 78 more than runner-up Mitty. Senior Adrienne Mattos accounted for 40 points, breaking a meet record in the 50-meter free style and nearly eclipsing the 200 free record.

8) Size doesn't matter - What the Mountain View High girls volleyball team lacked in height, it made up in heart. The Spartans didn't have great size at the net, but the team still managed to reach the CCS semifinals in November. Jodie Antypas, Melanie Usas and Annie Tepe were the key ingredients on a team that went 27-9.

7) What a kick - The St. Francis girls soccer team upset defending champion Presentation 3-1 to capture the CCS Division II title March 1. The Lancers (18-2) were the only team to beat Presentation all season. St. Francis standouts included Anna Kraus, Sarah Clemm, Jennifer Medina and Jackie Rodriguez.

6) Hill peaks - Los Altos junior Andrew Hill reached new heights in cross country, winning the CCS Division I title Nov. 18 at Crystal Springs. A week earlier, he cruised past the competition at the SCVAL De Anza Division league meet.

5) Air Carey - St. Francis basketball star Senque Carey practically carried the Lancers and earned CCS Player of the Year honors for his efforts. The junior set eight school records, scored more than 20 points per game and led the team to the CCS semifinals.

4) Hitting her mark - Mountain View long jumper Christine Chan didn't let a sore right foot slow her down at the CIF State Track and Field Championships. Chan jumped a personal-best 18 feet, 10 1/2 inches to claim fourth at the June 7 meet in Sacramento. The senior won the CCS title a week earlier at San Jose City College.

3) Wrestling with success - St. Francis wrestler Jason Olmos dominated all challengers last winter, finishing 35-0. The 145-pound senior breezed through the CCS and capped the season by winning the state title March 8 in Stockton.

2) A return to respectability - For the first time in a decade, the Los Altos High football team contended for the league crown. The team wound up tied for second in the SCVAL El Camino Division at 4-1-1, barely missing the playoffs. An administrative error forced the Eagles (4-5-1 overall) to forfeit three early season wins that would have guaranteed them a postseason bid.

1) Killing the competition - The St. Francis volleyball team finished the fall season as the state's top-ranked team, and for good reason. The Lancers went 34-3 and won CCS and state titles in Division II. Senior Niki Hartley was named National Prep Player of the Year by Volleyball Magazine. Desiree Rook, Anna Kleinsorge, Stacy Millichap, Kelly Corbett and Julie Mariani rounded out the all-star lineup.

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