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News

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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Time management can reduce stresses of student life throughout the year

As the lazy summer months near their end, students returning to school will once again need to plan out their busy schedules to balance their academic studies with part-time working hours, club meetings and athletics practice.

When there are so many meetings to attend and tasks to complete, it can be very difficult to make time for studying, relaxing or even sleeping. Having good time-management skills is the surest way to combat such problems.

Adina Glickman, assistant director for peer and academic support at Stanford University, runs a course that teaches study skills and learning strategies to students, with a heavy focus on developing time-management skills.

At such a prestigious and high-level institution as Stanford, the heavy workload can often cause problems for students.

"Stanford runs on the quarter system, with each term being 10 weeks," Glickman said. "Students are given enormous amounts of work at a very rapid pace, and often this forces them to reduce their sleeping hours."

According to Glickman, the keys to effective time management are good organization and prioritizing tasks.

"It is most important to have a written organizational system, whether it be an electronic planner like a Palm Pilot or simply a small paper daily planner with space to write," she said. "Students have to unload millions of details from their heads, to create space in their brains."

Heather Guidice, regional director for Sylvan Learning Center in Mountain View, suggested students write down tasks on a daily action list and cross them out as they complete them. She emphasized setting achievable daily goals, so that a sense of accomplishment can be retained at the end of the day.

Additionally, Guidice said, students should make efforts to understand precisely what it is that teachers expect of them for certain assignments, as a clear understanding saves time down the line.

"Having neat, well-organized notes can also reduce the amount of time needed to get started on study," she said. "Also, having an organized study area, knowing where you keep everything, saves having to waste time looking for things."

Some strategies can be used to make time for other activities.

"Developing routines can be an effective way of managing time, because habits don't require much thought and can free up concentration in your head," Glickman said. "And use small bits of time: Going over notes for class when standing in line for the ATM can save time."

Glickman also said a minimum of six hours' sleep allows for better concentration and time use during the day. Taking a "power nap" in the middle of the day can compensate for a night spent stuck in textbooks.

During the busiest of weeks, bouts of exercise provide a good way to alleviate stress.

"Often when people feel stressed, they take a nap - but really this doesn't solve their problem," Glickman said. "It's better to go for a run, to expend some energy. This allows for their heads to clear."

If students employ some of these strategies, it is likely they will feel less stressed, more satisfied with the work they are doing, and more in control of their life.

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