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News

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


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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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Locals hope to shine in county all-star game

Like any all-star exhibition, the participants in next week's Charlie Wedemeyer All-Star Football Game intend to have fun. However, this doesn't mean these high school standouts won't take the game seriously.

Just ask Mountain View High fullback Mike Caldwell.

"I want to have fun, but I also want to do well," Caldwell said. "It's a big game and I want to help our team win."

St. Francis offensive lineman Joe Escobar agrees.

"I think every one's playing to win," Escobar said. "No one's willing to lose an all-star game."

Caldwell and Escobar are among eight seniors from the area slated to play in the county all-star game at 7:30 p.m. July 22 at San Jose State's Spartan Stadium.

Joining them on the North team will be defensive back Ryan Gutierrez of Los Altos, kicker Bryan Beall of St. Francis, defensive back Fred Shepherd and tight end Brent Bower of Gunn, plus defensive lineman Matt Kenney and linebacker Chris Brooker of Homestead.

In all, more than 100 players from the class of 1998 are expected to take part in the 24th annual charity game, which pits North vs. South. The all-star classic is named after the former Los Gatos High football coach who's been fighting Lou Gehrig's Disease since 1977.

The teams have been practicing since July 8, with the North working out at Lynbrook High. And so far, Gutierrez likes what he's seen from his teammates.

"I'm excited because we have a lot of good players," Gutierrez said. "And we seem to be working well together."

Playing well as a team and individually can only help these players further their careers.

Escobar, for example, doesn't plan to play football this fall, but said he hopes to transfer from UC-Riverside to Cal-Berkeley next year to continue his career. He knows an impressive performance in front of the throng of recruiters expected at the game will improve his chances.

"I look forward to meeting (the scouts)," Escobar said.

Gutierrez, who's also taking a year off from football, is eager to please the scouts as well.

"I just want to go out there and shine," he said.

Another player hoping to make an impression is Caldwell. He intends to play at West Valley College this fall and then transfer to a four-year school.

"It's a great honor to play in this game, and if I do well it can only help me," Caldwell said.

Perhaps no player is more excited about making the all-star team than Shepherd, a former Los Altos Hills resident.

"This is my dream," said Shepherd, who will play for Cabrillo College this fall. "I planned on making this game before last season even started."

Tickets to the game are $8 (kids under 5 get in free) and can be purchased in advance by calling the San Jose Box Office at (408) 246-1160.

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