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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


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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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DONALD A. PALERMO

Donald Anthony Palermo, 76, of Los Altos, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, June 9 with his family beside him. He was a beloved and devoted husband to Josephine, and a loving and extraordinary father to Damien, Christopher, and Tomas, all of whom survive him. He is also survived by his brothers Loreto and Anthony, sister Rosemarie, daughter-in-law Cindy, grandchildren Ben, Melody, Lucas, Claire and Celia, and great granddaughter Kimber Ryan. He was predeceased by his parents Anthony and Mary and his brother Onofrio. Born September 14, 1933 at North East, Pennsylvania, our adored Donnie-Don, Dad and Da earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Detroit in 1956 and a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from Stanford University in 1958. He started professional work as a civilian employee of the US Navy, followed by many productive years at Lockheed Aircraft in Burbank and Lockheed Missiles & Space Co. in Sunnyvale. He was a co-founder and executive vice president of Tiburon Systems, Inc. of San Jose, which Texas Instruments acquired in 1995. In young life, in his professional years, and in retirement, Don’s generosity of time and treasure was boundless. He gave generously to many charities including the Saint Jude Society, other religious organizations, and schools. He served as coordinator of Volunteers in Partnership at the Mtn. View Police Department, which named him Volunteer of the Year for 2002. He was a past president of the Parish Council of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, where he was an active member for 37 years. He was a leader in Sons of Retirement. An avid golfer, he scored two holes-in-one less than a week apart. He enjoyed bridge and travel, and was devoted to his family. A Rosary will be held at 7:00 PM on Friday, June 11 at Spangler Mortuary, Los Altos. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 AM on Saturday, June 12 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Los Altos, with a short reception to follow. Interment will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Cupertino. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers gifts to St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 473 Lincoln Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94022.

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