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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


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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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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Los Altos City Council welcomes new member: New mayor, mayor pro tem named

Photo Elliott Burr/Town Crier Jarrett Fishpaw, 23, is sworn in as the newest – and youngest – member of the Los Altos City Council Nov. 30. His parents, Jerome and Jo Ann, look on.

It was an evening of celebration – of old and new – as the Los Altos community gathered last week to witness history in the making.

Loud cheers and applause filled the Los Altos City Council Chambers as 23-year-old Jarrett Fishpaw, the youngest resident elected to the council, was officially sworn in as a councilman Nov. 30.

Fishpaw and incumbent Councilwoman Val Carpenter won the two open seats on the council in the Nov. 2 election, defeating former mayor Curtis Cole, Nancy Carlson and Matthew Sweeney. Carpenter led with 6,582 votes (31.68 percent), and Fishpaw came in second with 5,865 votes (28.23 percent).

“I have a great deal of appreciation for all the people who helped me and were active in my campaign,” Fishpaw said.

Lauding the accomplished people already on the city council, Fishpaw said he’s delighted to be working with them and looks forward to building productive relationships with city staff members and residents.

Referring to her re-election as the community’s “affirmation of her work,” Carpenter expressed her gratitude and promised to deliver continued service to the community.

Carpenter remains on the council for a second term, and Fishpaw replaces long-term Councilman Lou Becker. After completing an eight-year term (1995-2003), Becker was appointed to serve another four-year term in December 2006 after Councilman Kurt Colehower resigned.

Councilmembers expressed their appreciation to Becker for his commitment to Los Altos.

Recognizing his exemplary leadership and tireless community involvement, Casas presented Becker with a proclamation and declared Nov. 30 “Becker’s Day.”

“No other city on the Peninsula can stand up to the achievements we’ve made,” Becker said.

Councilmembers unanimously elected Ron Packard as mayor and Carpenter as mayor pro tem. The new mayor presented Casas with the customary perpetual medal for outstanding service to Los Altos, and in turn received an incoming mayor’s medal from Casas, who remains on the council.

U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel administered the oath of office to Carpenter, Fishpaw and Packard.

“Something historic has happened tonight in Los Altos,” said Packard, recognizing Fishpaw’s successful campaign, which Packard said Fishpaw won “the old-fashioned way – by talking to people.”

Fences have been mended and people have worked together to accomplish a great deal this year, Packard said.

“It is to our collective benefit to come together,” he said.

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