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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


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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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Martin Sexton strums into Cubberley Center

Acclaimed New England-based musician Martin Sexton will be performing at nearly every major festival throughout the United States and Canada this summer. And local music fans can get in on the action when he plays the Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto, at 8 p.m. Sunday.

The singer-guitarist recently released his debut record "Black Sheep," which is a mixture of soul, blues, jazz and ragtime. And he was praised in the June 22 issue of "Billboard Magazine" and sang "America the Beautiful" at the finals of the Olympic Gymnastic Team Trials in Boston on June 30.

A two-time Boston Music Award winner and the 1994 National Academy of Songwriters "Artist of the Year," Sexton recently sold out the 900-seat Somerville Theatre in Massachusetts and other venues around the U.S.

On Sunday, he'll share the stage with Stephanie Mechura and Rebecca Riots. For more information, call Earthwise Productions at 949-4507.

MORE WISE CRACKS: Get ready to rock with San Jose's Odd Numbers, who will be headlining Earthwise Productions' free Palo Palooza gig at noon Friday at the Cubberley Community Center Amphitheatre.

The Numbers, a rollicking trio reminiscent of the Jam and Who, will be joined by fellow San Jose punkers Four Banger, Cain, The Aquamen and others.

Upcoming "Warm Weather Series" shows at Cubberley include Palo Alto's own mindbenders Oxbow on July 19 (with Idiot Flesh and the Indestructible Beat of Palo Alto), the jazz beat of Medeski Martin and Wood on July 29, Neurosis and Pitchshifter on Aug. 9 and folksters The Basics on Aug. 10.

ONE MAN BAND: He's been compared to Stephen Stills, and has played with Elvin Bishop, Norton Buffalo and Otis Day and the Nights.

We're talking about local "one man party band" Tom Ryder, who will perform tunes from the 1950s-'90s at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Los Altos Bar and Grill, 169 Main St.

To create the full-band effect, Ryder sings and plays keyboards, electric and acoustic guitars using digitally sampled instruments with a sequencer and vocal harmonizer. The more than 400 songs he covers fit into the classic and alternative rock, reggae, Motown, disco, country and adult contemporary categories.

For more information, call 424-8088.

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