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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.

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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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School Briefs

LAH group invites residents to redistricting forum

Los Altos Hills Citizens Against Redistricting has scheduled a public meeting 7-8:30 p.m. April 24 in the Bullis-Purissima Elementary School multipurpose room to address residents' questions and concerns about the city council's recent vote to redistrict Los Altos Hills into a separate school district.

Meeting topics include current plans for the Bullis-Purissima site, how redistricting would work and how citizens can fight to ensure that school choice is not taken away from Los Altos Hills' families.

Los Altos Hills Citizens Against Redistricting is a group of residents who say they are frustrated with ongoing school politics, erroneous information and lack of access to neighboring school districts.

The group has invited representatives of the Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto school districts and Los Altos School District board member Mark Goines to participate.

Bullis-Purissima Elementary School is located at 25890 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.

Learn how to build a model house

The Museum of American History in Palo Alto is offering students ages 10 and up the opportunity to learn basic drafting techniques. During the hands-on session students will build a pre-cut home of foam-core board and trim materials and mount it on a corrugated cardboard platform complete with grass, driveway and plants.

The lessons are scheduled 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday and April 22 at the Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. The cost is $35 for members, $50 for nonmembers.

For registration and more information, visit www.moah.org.

AVID sponsors Fun and Wellness Day

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), a support program for students who are the first in their families to attend college, has scheduled a Fun and Wellness Day fund-raiser at Los Altos High School 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 22. Proceeds from the event will help students pay for their college tuition and books.

The fund-raiser will include an all-ages walkathon, swimathon, 5-on-5 soccer tournament and tennis challenge. A community fair featuring local organizations will highlight health and nutrition, the theme of the day, with demonstrations and handouts.

The day will also include live entertainment, a variety of healthy foods and a raffle.

For more information or to register for any of the athletic activities, visit www.avidfunandwellnessday.org.

MVLA award-winning speech and debate team performs for public

Four students from the Mountain View-Los Altos Speech and Debate Team have advanced to the state and national championships. Members of the community are invited to hear the students in a showcase scheduled for 7-9 p.m. April 19 in the Mountain View High School theater.

The team's top nationally ranked Lincoln-Douglas debaters, Prashant Rai and Stephen Hess, seniors at Mountain View High, are two of only three Lincoln-Douglas debaters from the area who qualified to compete in the National Forensic League Tournament. They also both qualified to compete again this year for the national title at the Tournament of Champions. Stephen additionally qualified to compete at the California State Speech Championship Tournament. At the Mountain View High showcase, they will debate the topic: The use of the state's power of eminent domain to promote private enterprise is unjust.

Cyndhia Ramatchandirane, a junior from Los Altos High School, qualified to compete in both the California State Speech Championship Tournament and the National Forensic League Tournament. For the showcase she will perform her original oratory, "Small Is Big," which focuses on the accumulated value of small contributions.

Margaret Lewis, a sophomore at Los Altos High, will compete in the State Speech Championship Tournament April 19. She will perform her original expository speech on the power of music. Margaret won first place at the state-qualifying tournament. She is in her first year of competition.

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