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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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New Mtn. View volleyball coach Phillips faces 'building year'

The Mountain View High girls volleyball team will enter a new era this fall.

The Spartans will play in a new division and under a new coach.

Gerrie Phillips, hired in the spring, takes over a team being promoted from the El Camino Division to the De Anza Division of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League.

Considering the De Anza Division features many of the Central Coast Section's top teams - including perennial playoff teams Los Altos, Los Gatos and Monta Vista - Phillips has her work cut out for her. Especially since Mountain View will be brimming with youth.

"This will be a building year for us," said Phillips, who coached the Spartans' freshmen girls and junior varsity boys teams last season.

However, the Indiana native still expects to field a competitive team.

"A couple of our goals will be to finish with over a .500 season and to make it to the CCS playoffs," she said.

Mountain View athletic director Dan Navarro, who promoted Phillips, wouldn't be surprised if his new coach accomplishes both things.

"She's good," he said. "She'll do a good job for us."

What makes her so good?

"She's very organized and teaches good fundamentals," Navarro said. "She's tough, yet kind to the kids. She demands the best out of the kids without screaming at them."

The key to volleyball success, according to Phillips, is dedication.

"This means players, coaches and parents - everyone involved with the program," she said. "Playing in the offseason and coming to the first day of tryouts already in shape will be key elements to building a successful program at Mountain View."

Phillips has been coaching volleyball for 13 years, starting out at Liberty Middle School in Chesterton, Ind. She later coached at Wheeler and Kankakee Valley highs and for Dunes Volleyball Club in the midwest.

Upon moving to California in 1998, Phillips coached for Vision Volleyball Club and currently coaches with Lokahi Volleyball Club. Beside her duties at Mountain View in 2001-02, Phillips led Blach Junior High's eighth-grade girls to a league crown.

Some of these girls will be trying out for the Mountain View team in the fall, along with players Phillips coached on the freshman squad last season.

"I am very excited about the show of interest in volleyball for next year," she said. "I am anticipating at least 50 or more girls trying out for the three different teams next year. I have been receiving very positive feedback and can't wait for the season to get started."

Phillips replaces Peter Kim, who Navarro said will continue as Mountain View's varsity boys volleyball coach.

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