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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


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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Taking a bite out of childhood hunger: Couple launches philanthropic arm of coupons.com


Photo By: ELLIE VAN HOUTTE/TOWN CRIER
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier Los Altos residents Michele and Steven Boal, founders of coupons.com, launched Coupons for Change to help feed hungry children.

 

Los Altos residents Michele and Steven Boal just made it easier for others to join the fight to eliminate childhood hunger nationwide.

In fact, all it takes is the click of a mouse.

The couple, who founded Mountain View-based coupons.com in 1998, Aug. 15 announced the launch of their company’s philanthropic arm, Coupons for Change, and its website, couponsforchange.org.

For every three coupons printed from the website and used by a consumer, one meal will be donated to Feeding America, according to Michele Boal, who serves as chief philanthropic officer for Coupons for Change. Feeding America, a national charity, feeds approximately 14 million children, 3 million of whom are 5 and younger.

Boal told the Town Crier the website seeks to empower those who want to give back but don’t always have the time or resources.

“Everyone wants to give back, but not everyone can,” said Boal, who noted that Coupons for Change offers several of the same brand-name coupons offered on the parent company website. “With this, we’re empowering everyone to give back in a simple way. Nothing is coming out of (the consumer’s) pockets. They get to stretch their dollars and help someone else in the process.”

The organization selected Feeding America, she added, because of its ability to impact those in need of one of life’s most basic necessities – food. According to Feeding America, more than 16 million children in the United States suffered food insecurity in 2010.

A mother of three, Boal said the thought of a child going to bed without food is “enough to make my stomach turn.”

“People sometimes get this idea that (childhood hunger) is hitting only a certain area, when it’s really everywhere,” she said. “Childhood hunger hides from no one. It is truly in all of our neighborhoods and schools. It’s happening all the time and you hear about it more than ever.”

To celebrate its launch, Coupons for Change attempted to set a Guinness World Record by making the largest lunch box – 90 inches long, 80 inches wide and 40 inches high. The giant lunchbox was 10 times the size of a traditional lunch box.

“The lunch box was a very symbolic thing for us,” she said.

Partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, InnVision Shelter Network and the San Francisco 49ers Foundation, the organization stuffed the lunch box with 400 backpacks filled with nutritious lunches. InnVision, which provides housing and support services for local homeless families, distributed the backpacks.

“We want to have the greatest impact we can,” said Boal, who expects to receive notice soon about the organization’s record-setting attempt. “We’re not capping (our goals) at a certain dollar amount. There are a lot of kids to help out there.”

For more information, visit www.couponsforchange.org.

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