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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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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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‘Suspicious,’ apparently unrelated incidents dot area


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Police sketch from Bubb incident

Three separate incidents in Mountain View, Los Altos Hills and Los Altos had police and school officials on high alert last week.

In Mountain View, police continue to investigate a report that a man lunged at a 9-year-old student at Bubb Elementary School Thursday before fleeing the scene.

According to a police department statement, the man was stretching against a tetherball pole at approximately 8:45 a.m. Thursday. When the student, returning to class from the restroom, came within 6 feet of him, police said, he lunged at her and then ran off.

The man was described as a heavyset white male in his 50s, wearing a navy-blue polo shirt and gray jeans.

“The Mountain View Whisman School District immediately instituted a buddy system for any student who needed to leave class for any reason,” according to the police department statement. “Parents were also notified of the incident. Police officers provided extra presence on campuses as the schools let out early due to a minimum day.”

Attempted kidnapping

in Los Altos Hills

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department classified an incident in Los Altos Hills that occurred at approximately 11:20 a.m. Thursday as an attempted kidnapping. A sheriff’s spokesman said the incident was unrelated to the Bubb episode.

A woman in her early 20s was running near the corner of Hillview Road and Hilltop Drive when a man driving a new Ford F-150 pickup blocked her path, according to Lt. Don Morrissey.

When the woman tried to maneuver around the truck, the driver blocked her again.

When she turned to run the other way, the driver, described as in his 20s or 30s with brown hair and a brown baseball hat, paralleled her slowly. She eventually escaped and called the sheriff’s department from her cellphone.

When sheriff’s deputies arrived in force, the suspect had already fled.

“Be vigilant,” Morrissey said. “If you see something, don’t be afraid to call us.”

Suspicion diffused in Los Altos

Los Altos police officers received reports of a suspicious person lingering outside St. Simon Parish School on Grant Road Thursday. When approached by a school administrator, the suspect fled via bicycle on Foothill Expressway.

Capt. Andy Galea said that after investigation, police believe the suspect was a cyclist waiting for friends.

“It appears at this time that there was no crime,” Galea said.

Mountain View and Los Altos police officers have determined that the Bubb, Los Altos Hills and St. Simon incidents are unrelated.

Local schools react

Los Altos School District Superintendent Jeff Baier last week issued an email to parents to alert them to the incidents and inform them of the precautions school staff plan to take.

Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Superintendent Barry Groves asked families to discuss exercising caution around strangers.

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