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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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CHARLES M. ”MICKEY” JONES


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Long-time Los Altos resident Mickey Jones passed away after cardiac arrest on July 7, 2012. He was born in 1923 in Chicago, and spent his childhood in Texas and Colorado. His father Harold (an auto mechanic and inventor) told Mickey he could have a Model T Ford if he could take it apart and put it back together successfully, which he did. After the family moved to California, he attended Vallejo High School in Vallejo, and when the US entered WWII, he joined the Army Air Force. After 4 years of service, he went on to Heald’s Engineering School in San Francisco, and became an airplane mechanic for Transocean Airlines in Oakland. He was called again

for active duty in the Korean War, 1951-52. He met Julia Hanson in the USAF, and they married in 1952. They moved to Seattle where Mickey worked for Boeing Aircraft. In 1955 he took delivery of a brand new Jaguar XK140 roadster, which he drove to work every day, and he and Julie took on rallies, hill climbs, and road races.

In 1960 they moved to Los Altos and both started work at Lockheed Missiles and Space Co., in Sunnyvale, where Mickey retired as Senior Design Engineer (Mechanical) in 1989. He was very active for 50 years in the local Jaguar club, and restored his Jaguar in 1991. They exhibited it at many car shows and won several First Place awards. Julie passed away in 2003.

Mickey went on to drive in several California Milles, the 1000-mile road rally that was inspired by the Italian Mille Miglia, put on by the late Martin Swig. Mickey loved animals, especially cats, and was a true gentleman with a sparkle in his blue Irish eyes. After a stroke in 2010, he stayed in Mountain View Healthcare Center, and still enjoyed a good game of poker. Those of us who knew Mickey will miss his upbeat personality, generosity, and quick smile. He is survived by a niece, Anne Fessler, and three nephews, Joe Hochanadel, Mike Hochanadel and Jim Hoke. Charitable donations in his memory may be made to El Camino Hospital Foundation.

There will be a Celebration of Mickey’s Life on Sunday August 5, at 2:00 PM at Main Street Café and Books (where his old car buddies still meet every Saturday morning), 134 Main Street, Los Altos.

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