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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.

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


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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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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Prep roundup

Town Crier Sports Editor

Los Altos spikes Mountain View in three games

Los Altos' girls volleyball team was on a mission last Thursday night: ambush Mountain View.

According to senior Alison Burch, the concept arose after the Eagles' loss to Los Gatos two days earlier. "Mountain View is our rival - we really wanted to kill them. Just go aggro," she said.

And so they did, defeating the Spartans in three straight games - 15-6, 15-12, 15-6 - at Los Altos. Los Altos improved to 5-6 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division, while Mountain View dropped to 3-7.

In Los Altos' second victory over Mountain View this season, the Eagles benefited from the outstanding play of Burch, Jayme Fulford, Becca Saenz and Kristi Winters.

Each provided several highlight-film moments:

Los Altos Coach Paul Lyles felt defense was the key to Thursday's victory. "We shut down their best players," he said. "We worked with two defensive schemes and executed them. I don't think they had a kill that didn't hit one of our players."

Intimidation was also a factor. "There was a lot of rivalry through the net," said an ecstatic Burch following the match. "But we showed them who's who."

On the night, Los Altos held big hitter Kristi Lezchuk to four kills, all of which came in the final game. But she hustled on defense: During one long rally, Lezchuk made diving digs on a pair of Saenz spikes before she snuck in the third for a point.

Other highlights for Mountain View included the offensive play of Belle Chesler (five kills) and defense of Ashley Fay and Lisa Wurm.

Boys Water Polo

Mountain View received goals from seven different players in its 17-11 win over Los Altos last Wednesday.

Scoring for the Spartans were Matt Stone (six), Soro Salerno (three), Peter Skeehan (two), David Boggs (two), Colvin Pitts (two), David Skeehan and Brian Begun. Mountain View led 7-4 at the half, and kept the three-goal advantage until late in the fourth period. Then, with Los Altos behind 14-11, the Spartans reeled off three goals to seal the victory.

With the win, Mountain View upped its SCVAL De Anza Division record to 4-1 and remains in a second-place deadlock with Los Gatos. The two square off 6 p.m. tonight at West Valley College in their last division match.

Los Altos - which dropped to 0-5 in division play - kept the score close Wednesday with tallies from Marc Hermsmeyer, Steve Joh, Bryan Jones, Cory Nakamoto and Rabindra Watson.

"Los Altos kept pecking away. They hung in there and played really well," said Mountain View Coach Steve McCoy.

Mountain View continued its winning ways last Saturday at the Menlo Tournament. The Spartans notched the title with victories over Leland (10-2), St. Francis (10-8) and Hollister (13-7).

High scorers for the locals, who finished 5-0 in the tourney, were Stone (13 goals), Boggs (seven) and Salerno (seven).

Girls Field Hockey

It was quite a road trip for Los Altos over the weekend. Behind goals from Lea Jaeger, Ani Youatt, Karen Finch and Katie Johnson, the Eagles came home champions of the Chico Tournament.

The Eagles, who upped their overall record to 9-2-4, triumphed over Pleasant Valley (2-1) and Chico (1-0) in early round games, and shut out Davis (1-0) in the final.

In individual victories, Jaeger and Johnson were selected to the all-tournament team, and sweeper Anne Rippetoe was named most valuable defensive player.

Football

Besides only attracting a sparse crowd to a home game last Friday afternoon, Los Altos also failed to put any points on the scoreboard in its 35-0 loss to Lynbrook.

But Lynbrook's running backs Jerry Cabral and Paul Koh showed up at Tom Burt Field - and the duo put on quite a show. The senior stars amassed 191 yards rushing, 125 yards receiving and scored all five of the Vikings' touchdowns.

Koh (who rushed for 86 yards on 13 carries and caught three passes for 50 yards) barreled in from 10 yards out for Lynbrook's opening score at the close of the first quarter.

Then Cabral took over. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder collected 105 yards on 15 carries and grabbed three passes for 75 yards; his touchdown runs were for 1, 3 and 3 yards, while his TD reception was an exciting 58-yard cross-field jaunt.

Los Altos - minus injured Willie Howard and several others - did muster up a few fine plays, including running back Victor Ambruso's 21-yard weaving run and Kevin Sayers' 26-yard reception over the top of a Lynbrook defender.

The Eagles are 0-4 division and 1-7 overall.

  • Besides playing solid defense, Fulford broke a 12-12 tie in the second game with a punching, cross-court kill. Karen Tanaka's ace (she finished with four) and Winters' game-winning blast followed.
  • Saenz also registered 10 kills, mixing in an array of dinks and rockets. Her final kill of the night caromed off a Mountain View block to end the match.

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