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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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Local robotics team performs well in worldwide competition

Photo Noriko Kageki/Special To The Town Crier

Green Ma-cHHHHine team members, from left, Timmy Beckmann, Robbie Kalb, Jack Marquez and Eric Beckmann celebrate their VEX Robotics Excellence Award in Florida this month.

A local robotics team that includes Mountain View High School students earned high marks at an international competition this month.

The Green MacHHHHine independent robotics team traveled to Florida April 14-16 to compete in the VEX World Championships, their first foray into VEX robotics action.

“It was great fun, and we had a great time seeing everyone’s robots,” said team member and Mountain View High student Robbie Kalb in an email to the Town Crier. “There were many countries represented there.”

The competition featured four divisions, each comprising 104 teams. The Green MacHHHHine team, ranked 10th in its division, reached the semifinal round (allied with teams from Indiana and Puerto Rico), scored eighth in the world programming skills challenge and won the divisional Excellence Award.

Kalb said the team is most proud of the Excellence Award, given to the top team in each of the four divisions at the tournament. The award, the highest honor in the VEX Robotics Competition, is won by the team that exemplifies excellence in building a well-rounded robotics program. An Excellence Award-winning team not only shows a high level of engineering skill with a competitive robot on the field, but is also a strong contender in numerous judged awards off the field, he added.

“Our mentor said that a first-year team’s winning an award as prestigious as the Excellence Award is flat-out amazing, and winning it at the World Championship level is unheard of,” Kalb said. “Out of over 3,600 VEX teams worldwide, only four had the distinction of being named Division Excellence Award Winners. We’re really pleased with how our team performed in our first year of VEX.”

Kalb said his team, which began with no funding, has secured sponsorship from private donors and local companies, including Kollmorgen and Intuitive Surgical Inc.

The team belonged to a different robotics league last year, and many of its senior members graduated. Their experiences on the robotics team have served them well, Kalb said. Several alumni are working toward engineering degrees at top universities.

For more information, visit www.greenmachhhhine.com or www.vexrobotics.com.

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