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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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Hold the phone for Foothill College spring musical Bells Are Ringing

Foothill College welcomes back the Golden Age of Broadway with its winter production of the vintage musical comedy, "Bells Are Ringing." The show opens Friday and continues through March 24 in the studio theater at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

Evening performances are slated for Friday and Saturday, March 7-9, 14-16, and 21-23 at 8 p.m. Afternoon matinees will be staged March 10, 17 and 24 at 2 p.m.

Under the direction of Foothill College Theater Arts Instructor Jay Manley, Foothill's "Bells Are Ringing" stars Mary Messano of Mountain View; Robert Solis and Doug Baird of San Jose; and Victoria Graham of Sunnyvale.

"'Bells Are Ringing' is pure fun," Manley said. "It's that kind of old-fashioned musical comedy where characters are likable, they face impossible and improbable challenges, and the inevitable happy ending is never in doubt.

"Most importantly, the entire proceedings are a joyous pretext for an explosion of song and dance. The Styne-Comden-Green team gives us songs that bubble up with warmth, humor, wit, exuberance, satire and infectious fun."

A cast of 24 student thespians will revive nostalgic tunes, including "The Party's Over," "I Met a Girl," and "Just in Time."

Additional cast members include Mark Baushke, Jacqueline Levy, Elizabeth Maggio, Kristi Rogers and Howard Stateman of Sunnyvale; Doug Brees of Menlo Park; Susan Callaway of Los Altos; Chuck Coley and Patti Schulz of Burlingame; Alan Lason, Jonathan Mann, Hisako Okada, David Palmer, Reggie Reynolds and Vicki Ulrich of San Jose; Ricardo Marenco of Milpitas; Barbara Mock and Leslie Shkolnik of Mountain View; Ron Packard of Fremont; Christopher Shore of Los Gatos; and Dina Stubbe of Saratoga.

With music composed by Jule Styne and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Foothill's "Bells Are Ringing" is produced by Foothill College music theater, a program that works to present neglected or little-known shows worthy of revival.

Joe Ragey of Los Altos Hills is set designer; Janis Bergmann of Los Altos Hills is costume designer.

Advance tickets are $12 general; $10 for students and senior citizens; $8 for children under age 12. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Foothill College Box Office at 949-4444.

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