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Cal Water says no E. coli in water; limits boiling advisory area

Cal Water says no E. coli in water; limits boiling advisory area

Cal Water officials said today that preliminary water quality test results were negative for E. coli were negative and "only a single hydrant" in the South El Monte area of Los Altos showed the presence of total coliform. They reduced the "boil your ...

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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


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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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DELLOYD EDWARD TOBIE (DICK)

DeLloyd Edward Tobie (Dick) a longtime time resident of Los Altos, had a peaceful passing on January 30, 2010 he was 90 years old. He lived a full and adventurous life and always kept the stories flowing. His wife Dorthy, children Jason, Lana, Paul, and six grandchildren survive him. Proceeded in death by youngest son Dan Tobie.

At 18 years old Dick got the incurable flying itch and left Wisconsin for Homestead, Florida. There he took flying lessons he paid for by being a hopper loader for a crop dusting outfit. With help from his mining engineer brother in South America, and savings from jobs he bought himself a J3 Cub for $600.00 and followed the rivers and highways north to Wisconsin. Landing where he could, even once on a highway to refuel at a gas station. Sleeping under the wings in farmer’s fields and giving rides for gas he found his true passion. He later traded in the J3 Cub for a clipped wing Monocoupe and loved racing and performing aerobatics at air shows. In 1940 he was hired with United Airlines at the age of 21 as the youngest commercial airline pilot. After completion of training in Oakland at the Boeing school of Aeronautics he was sent to Chicago Midway for line check in the B-247. In SFO he flew the DC-3 and was later transitioned to the DC-4, DC-6, DC-7, DC8, B-747. As part of the war effort he spent time flying military contracts to Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. Dick retired number one on the seniority list for United Airlines in 1979.

In 1943 Dick fell in love with a TWA flight attendant, Dorthy Hawkins. Their partnership through the 66 years of marriage included a storybook life of travel and special times with family and friends.

Dick took great pride as the founder and owner of the Los Altos Sub-Acute & Rehabilitation Center located on Fremont Ave. He loved being outdoors, and was often duck hunting, fishing, playing tennis or jogging. Dick was one of the true pioneers of the airline industry who saw a vast scope of technological and safety changes that have made flying what it is today. Two of his sons inherited his love of flying and became career commercial airline pilots. We miss him, and wish him a restful layover in the wild blue yonder.

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