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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


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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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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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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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Eagles find positives in loss to Spartans

Photo R. Alan Hwang/Special
To The Town Crier

Los Altos’ Meghan McDermott had 12 kills in Thursday’s loss at Mountain View.

The Eagles got swept, but they weren’t somber after Thursday’s volleyball match against the rival Spartans.

Although Los Altos High couldn’t match Mountain View’s height – or stifle standout Brittany Howard (34 kills) – all three sets were close. The host Spartans prevailed 25-21, 25-23, 25-22.

“Great game,” Los Altos coach Peter Kim said. “Great energy, and my team never gave up.”

The scrappy Eagles made Mountain View work for the win, posting 73 digs in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division match.

Meghan McDermott led Los Altos with 18 digs and 12 kills. Meghan Cyron added 10 kills and Hanna Koehler posted 26 assists.

Mountain View improved to 1-2 in league, 7-8 overall. Los Altos dropped to 3-1 in league, 19-5 overall.

In a battle of defending state champions, St. Francis eked out a five-game win over Palo Alto Sept. 26. The visiting Lancers won 25-20, 28-26, 19-25, 22-25, 15-8 behind 18 kills from Taylor Deaton.

St. Francis claimed the state Division II title last year and Palo Alto won Division I.

The Lancers played at Notre Dame-Belmont Sept. 28, recording a sweep to push their record to 13-2 overall. Alex Espinosa had 10 kills for St. Francis.

Pinewood swept Harker Sept. 27, getting five kills from Claire Nolan, four from Kandace Korver and 13 assists from Adrienne Whitlock.

Boys water polo

The two undefeated teams in the SCVAL De Anza Division faced off Sept. 28, and Los Altos came away with a 9-8 victory at Palo Alto.

Matt Orton tallied six goals for the Eagles (5-0 league) and Ian McColl had the other three. Cameron Putnam made 11 saves.

Los Altos met its match Friday, however, falling 15-10 to visiting St. Francis in a non-league game. Orton and McColl each scored three goals for the Eagles (19-3 overall) and Adam Warmoth added two.

Mountain View topped Los Gatos 15-9 Thursday, raising its record to 4-2 in the De Anza Division and 12-3 overall.

Thomas Burch scored seven goals for the visiting Spartans, who routed Homestead 10-3 a day earlier.

Field hockey

St. Francis remained perfect by beating Leigh and Los Gatos last week.

The Lancers beat Leigh 6-1 Friday and defeated Los Gatos 3-1 Sept. 28. Krustina Bassi scored two goals in each game.

St. Francis improved to 4-0 in the Blossom Valley Athletic League Mount Hamilton Division and 8-0 overall.

Girls water polo

Olivia Santiago scored four goals and Katy Schaefer three in Los Altos’ 9-5 home win over Palo Alto Sept. 28. Nicole Larsen made 17 saves for the Eagles.

Mountain View fell 17-7 to Santa Clara Thursday, despite four goals from Emma Frerichs.

St. Francis walloped Menlo-Atherton 11-2 Sept. 28 in non-league play. Courtney Batcheller notched four goals for the Lancers and Sami Strutner added three.

Girls tennis

Mountain View split a pair of De Anza Division matches last week, routing Gunn 6-1 and falling 4-3 to Lynbrook. The Spartans entered this week with a 2-3 league mark.

Los Altos swept Piedmont Hills Sept. 28 in non-league play, with Kacey Incerpi winning 7-5, 6-0 at No. 1 singles.

The host Eagles improved to 2-9 overall.

Last week’s 5-2 loss to Sacred Heart Prep put Pinewood’s overall record at 3-3.

Girls golf

Cori Inkster earned medalist honors for St. Francis in a 214-220 loss to undefeated Valley Christian Sept. 26 at Shoreline Golf Links.

The Lancers dropped to 2-5.

Cross-country

Los Altos Hills resident Sarah Robinson of Gunn finished the 2.3-mile Central Park Invitational in 13 minutes, 40.6 seconds to win the girls title Sept. 27.

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