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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


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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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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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Relief for cancer patients: Stanford University's new Cancer Center Complex offers services und

The Stanford University School of Medicine on March 1 opened its new Cancer Center Complex specializing in cancer treatment and research.

Dr. Richard Hoppe, a Los Altos resident for 23 years and chairman of Stanford's department of radiation oncology, was involved in designing the building's concept and determining how different cancer treatment programs could be merged in the new center. He said the improvements the new center brings can be grouped in three categories: improved patient amenities and ambiance; departments consolidated in one location; and the addition of new technologies - particularly the addition of the PET/CT scanner called the GE Discovery. The machine combines x-rays and nuclear imaging techniques to pinpoint tumors for radiation. There are only two such machines in the nation. The other PET/CT scanner is located in Houston, Texas.

Planning for the building began 10 years ago and was finished in 1997. But it took three years for the city of Palo Alto to approve the plans. The Cancer Center Complex is a four-story building, of which three floors are devoted to oncology. It has four times the capacity of the old cancer treatment facility.

Hoppe said the numerous facilities for cancer treatment used to be scattered throughout Stanford Medical Center. In the new building the clinics and medical departments are located in one place.

"This provides for an opportunity for (doctors) to interact, not just in the context of talking about patients but also brainstorming new ideas in cancer treatment," he said. "Some of the breakthroughs in cancer treatment came from Stanford, and we expect that to happen in the future."

The design of the new center is also more convenient for patients. Catherine Sleight, whose colon cancer has been treated at Stanford for two years, has undergone treatment from each of the three main departments - radiation oncology, medical oncology and surgical oncology - before they were consolidated at the center.

"A lot of your energy - of which cancer patients don't have very much - was spent trying to negotiate around the hospital," she said. "One really wonderful thing the new center does is bring everyone together and give them more of a sense of community. I think a really special thing (is) for a cancer patient to feel included rather than off on their own trying to forge their way through a system. It's a more supportive, caring feeling."

The new center's design includes many amenities for patients: meditation rooms, a cyber café, a health library, a Zen garden and a state-of-the-art Infusion Center. The facility also provides valet and concierge services to assist patients.

"When you come into the new Stanford Center, there's a desk with a concierge who will connect you with a volunteer trained to help you make your way through the cancer center," said Sleight. "It helps you form (a) chain of people (who) become the community that will take care of you."

"We consider (the new center) to be a really important community resource," said Hoppe. "We want people in the community to have (the) ability to be treated here."

For more information call the main triage number: (877) 668-7535.

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