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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.

Local un...

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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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Pinewood senior goes in front of the camera on 'First Cut'

Getting tossed around by professional wrestlers, hobnobbing with Hollywood stars and attending theater openings is all in a day's work for 17-year-old Jon Chu, who is a special corespondent on the award-winning teen magazine show, "First Cut."

The Los Altos Hills resident made his television debut as the show's special correspondent in August, after being selected from among more than 150 other hopefuls.

Chu said he has always enjoyed being in the spotlight, but believes he was chosen as a corespondent for being a "computer nerd."

"I think I stood out because I'm weird," he said. "I just love computers."

Chu has even incorporated his portable computer, named "Devito," into the weekly show as his sidekick.

Producer Bertrand Pellegrin said Chu's computer knowledge was a bonus, but he selected Chu because "he is very charismatic and seemed like the right person."

Produced by the Special Projects unit of NewsCenter 4, the San Francisco-based show features news, music profiles, and technology and fashion stories by an all-teen reporter staff.

Since its premiere in 1993, the show has earned numerous awards, including two Emmy Awards.

Chu, who has filmed five episodes, is the special correspondent for the show's three-minute "Launch Pad" segment, in which he interviews musicians, celebrities and athletes one-on-one in the studio and also goes out into the field.

Chu said filming short segments is no easy task. Because the staff doesn't usually edit the final take, the three-minute interview has to be shot over if anyone makes a mistake, he said.

Chu said a 10-second spot can take up to 45 minutes to film.

"It's really hard because I'm just beginning," he said. "Everyone is watching you and telling you about all of your faults. It's a lot of pressure."

Chu said to alleviate any awkward moments with his guests, he wears a microphone in his ear as a security blanket and the producers discreetly coach him on what to say.

Chu said filming the show once a week, keeping up on current news, fulfilling his role as associate student body president at Pinewood School and maintaining his grades involves "lots of hard work and late nights."

Chu said he plans to pursue a career behind the camera as a producer. He is already a professional filmmaker who produces short films in his home studio for local companies and organizations, Chu said.

"First Cut" airs at 4 p.m., Saturdays on KRON-TV, channel 4.

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