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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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OBITUARIES FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 14, 2004

PREUSS, Nellie Riedel,

Nellie was born in Coronado, CA, on November 18, 1903, the second daughter and third child of Peter and Atsje Riedel, who immigrated to America from Friesland, Holland at the turn of the 20th century. Shortly after Nellie's birth, the family moved to Santa Barbara, where her father, Peter, became widely known as a horticulturist, landscape designer and associate of Dr. Francesco Franceschi.

Nellie received her B.A. from the U. of California at Berkeley in 1925. Before returning to Santa Barbara and starting her own family, she taught at The Katherine Burke School in San Francisco. After her children set out on their own, she returned to Northern California, where she lived first in Menlo Park and then in Carmel before moving to the Sequoias.

With the help of her eldest daughter, Mary, Nellie compiled a 252 page bound book in 1984 on Our Dutch Heritage which traced her Dutch family back six generations. Her relatives were presented with a copy as a Christmas gift.

Nellie loved to read, write, garden, sew and play bridge. One of her greatest joys was to visit with her family, who knew her as a good listener, keen observer and loyal friend. Her enthusiasm for the simple gifts of life was contagious to those around her.

Nellie is survived by her four children and their families: Mary Randolph of Menlo Park, CA; Ms Patricia Rinaker of LaJolla, CA; Charles F. Preuss of Atherton, CA; Pamela Ellsworth of Los Altos, CA; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

MANSFIELD, Mary JoAnn,

JoAnn was born in Portland, Oregon on October 19, 1922. She attended the University of Oregon for three years, then transferred to the University of Arizona for her last year. In 1943, she married Edward "Ned" Franklin Mansfield, who became not only her husband but her dearest friend and support system. In 1951, after Ned retired from active duty in the Air Force, JoAnn and Ned moved to Palo Alto, California where they lived and raised their three children for 25 years. In 1968, they moved to their present home in Los Altos.

JoAnn had a bubbling and outgoing personality. She loved engaging people in conversations about their lives and interests. Of greatest importance to her, however, was her family. In August of 2003, JoAnn and Ned celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in Sunriver, Oregon. They enjoyed a full week there with their three children and families: Marrily Doore from Saratoga (and her husband Danny and their two children Malea and Brian); Michael from San Mateo (and his wife Theresa and their three children, Tyson, Danielle and Roxanne) and Stephen from Astoria, Oregon (and his wife Debbie and their two children, Joseph and Jamie). JoAnn's late brother John Supple was also there along with other relatives and friends.

JoAnn worked in and supported the family businesses and was very active in community activities. She served for 11 years as a docent at the Cantor Art Center, she was a member of the Palo Alto Auxiliary to the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and was a member of the Library Associates at Stanford. JoAnn greatly enjoyed the friendships she made as a member of the Garden Club of Palo Alto, her bridge group and her two book groups. She also loved playing tennis, and later in life, golf. She was a member of Foothills Tennis and Swim Club and Menlo Country Club.

A memorial service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church at 1040 Border Road, Los Altos on Saturday, May 1, at 3 PM. A reception will follow at Foothills Tennis and Swim Club at 3351 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Pathways Hospice at 201 San Antonio Circle, Suite 135, Mountain View, CA 95040 or the Gamble Garden Center, 1431 Waverley Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301.

Arrangements under the direction of Spangler Mortuaries.

RAABE, Madelyn,

Friends were invited to attend services on April 8, 2004 at the Los Altos Chapel of Spangler Mortuaries. Interment was on April 9, 2004 at the Rural Cemetery, Stockton, CA

Donations to the Pan Am Pilots Retirement Operation Dignity, 1172 So. Dixie Highway #460, Coral Gables, FL 53146-2918 or the Project Match, Inc, 555 Meridian Ave, Suite C, San Jose, CA 95126 preferred.

SCOTT, Gordon Lester,

His passions included racing, classic automobiles, antique wood boats, water and snow skiing and spending time with his family. One of his greatest joys came from cooking extravagant meals and sharing his gift with others. He especially had a fervor for spicy dishes and has passed that down to his sons.

Gordon met Leleta Hindman at the Palo Alto Ski Club in 1965 and they were married in February 1967. They were blessed with two sons, Brian Lester born April 9, 1970 and Randall Hindman born April 26, 1973.

Gordon worked for Thomas Air Systems in South San Francisco for over 30 years. He was involved with a variety of community organizations including: The Los Altos Educational Foundation, Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church, AYSO Soccer and Scouting with his sons.

His fondness for Lake Tahoe, which began in his high school years, continued into his adult life with summer and winter vacations at the family cabin. The peaceful lake was amongst the family's fondest memories, where they spent time hiking, water skiing and camping. This indeed was Gordon's favorite spot.

Gordon and Laleta have enjoyed the past six years of retirement in Placerville where they are members of the El Dorado Federated Church and where Gordon served as the resident chef for the men's breakfast.

Gordon is survived by his loving wife Laleta of 37 years, sons Brian and Randy, grandsons Jonah and Carter and granddaughter Avery.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Pines Funeral Home, Placerville, CA.

KRANTZ, David O.,

Passionate about Special Education reform, David worked at state and local levels on behalf of

students for over a decade. He published the newsletter Parents Educating Parents (1990-93), the Special Education Observer (1994-2001), and authored Taming the IEP, a handbook for parents (Sopris West). David worked in the test publishing business for nearly thirty years with CTB McGraw-Hill, The Psychological Corporation and CPP, Inc. in Palo Alto.

David was an avid racquetball player and lover of good literature. Fishing, cycling and cooking were among his other great pleasures. His unfailing sense of fairness guided his actions in business as well as his personal life. His integrity, intelligence and wit endeared him to those who knew him.

David had lived in Mountain View since 1987. He is survived by his wife, Jackie, children Katy and Bill, mother Adele and brother Matthew.

Those wishing to attend a memorial celebration are asked to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Memorial contributions may be made to Trout, Unlimited (www.tu.org), 1500 Wilson Blvd, Suite 310, Arlington, VA 22209, or to Stanford University for medical research with check written to Stanford University, #941156365 (on memo line), C/O 1123 Cuesta Drive, Mountain View, CA 94040.

Arrangements under the direction of Spangler Mortuaries.

HOLWAY, Kathleen S.,

Kathleen is survived by her husband of 48 years, Roger B. Holway, Jr. and her two sons John (San Jose, CA) and William (Minneapolis, MN). She was an active member and past president of the Almond School PTA in Los Altos and a library activities volunteer and later worked for 10 years as receptionist for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Urology Dept.

Kathleen will be deeply missed by her family and many dear friends. A private sea scattering service will be held.

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