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News

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


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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Los Altos celebrates with Sister City Bendigo


Photo By: COURTESY OF DOROTHY DICKSON
Photo Courtesy Of Dorothy Dickson Los Altos High School’s Main Street Singers and the Bendigo Youth Choir sing together in Bendigo, Australia.

Two groups of travelers have returned home after visiting Los Altos’ Sister City of Bendigo, Australia, to mark the 25th anniversary of the relationship.

In addition to Bendigo, Los Altos Sister Cities Inc. has forged unions with Rustington, England; Syktyvkar, Russia; and Shih-Lin, Taiwan. The nonprofit organization promotes global understanding and friendships.

Los Altos residents Dorothy Dickson, president of Los Altos Sister Cities, and her husband, Robin, visited Bendigo in March, and Los Altos High School’s Main Street Singers completed a spring tour that ended with a weekend in the Australian city of nearly 100,000 residents.

While in Bendigo, Dickson presented Mayor Alec Sandner with a proclamation from Los Altos Mayor Val Carpenter celebrating the anniversary of the relationship.

Sandner noted the city’s growth over the past few years, declaring, “Bendigo is booming!”

The Dicksons stayed at the home of local residents during their four days in Bendigo. They visited local sites and toured a primary school and a high school.

Several residents of Bendigo visited Los Altos recently, including Peter Mundy, president of Bendigo Sister Cities. He presented a proclamation from Sandner congratulating Los Altos on its 60th anniversary of incorporation.

Jason Lee, principal of California Gully Primary School near Bendigo, and his family visited Santa Rita School and met with Principal Sandra McGonagle. They sealed an agreement of friendship between the schools, which will begin an “e-pal” relationship between fourth-grade classes.

Bendigo residents hosted members of the Main Street Singers, who performed two concerts in the city.

“They gave outstanding performances and were wonderful ambassadors of our city,” Dickson said.

One more visit to Bendigo is planned this summer – Magdalene Lim, a senior at Los Altos High School, will spend a few weeks at Bendigo Senior Secondary College. Los Altos Sister Cities will sponsor Lim, who will be home-hosted by a family from Bendigo Sister Cities.

The Bendigo Youth Choir is scheduled to visit Los Altos July 1 as it travels in the U.S. to take part in several competitions. Dickson said Los Altos Sister Cities plans to host a late-afternoon concert.

For more information, visit www.losaltossistercities.com.

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