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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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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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Bayshore Christian Ministries plants seeds that bear fruit for years


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An afternoon visit to Bayshore Christian Ministries in East Palo Alto offers a walk in a garden of sorts. Staff and volunteers consider it their mission to till the soil, sow the seeds and water the plants – in this case, the 400 students who benefit from the nonprofit agency’s academic, spiritual and leadership programs.

Founded 28 years ago with the aim of bridging the socioeconomic chasm between the affluent Palo Alto and the more diverse East Palo Alto communities, Bayshore Christian Ministries opens its doors to children, providing a refuge in a busy world for students who may come from single-parent families, struggle in school or simply seek a warm welcome from the staff.

“It’s so fun to be here,” said Nancy, 11, a fifth-grader who attends the KidSmart program on weekdays. “Since I started coming, I’ve done better in school. I like it.”

The organization offers activities for youth of all ages, from elementary school to post-college, including after-school tutoring and literacy, Bible clubs, summer enrichment programs, community service projects, sports, arts, business and technology. As children progress through the program, Bayshore Christian Ministries adds a leadership and discipleship component that challenges teens to grow in their faith and become “servant leaders.”

“We don’t want people to think about the negative when they think of East Palo Alto,” said Executive Director Rolando Zeledon. “These are amazing kids. We’re walking alongside them – not ahead – so that at the end of the day, they want to give back. We’re planting seeds of responsibility.”

The KidSmart program, managed by Diana Liggs, caters to children in elementary school, who receive homework assistance, play outdoors, indulge in a nutritious snack purchased from Second Harvest Food Bank and are exposed to music and the arts. Participants receive individual help with their homework, often targeted, thanks to guidance from teachers at the students’ respective schools. Parents must volunteer in some capacity with the program and pay a nominal fee on a sliding scale.

“Our approach is holistic and relational,” Zeledon said. “Our core is spiritual, but we also equip students academically and with life skills. We try to expose them to other experiences to broaden their outlooks.”

Donations from last year’s Holiday Fund enabled Bayshore Christian Ministries to expand its KidSmart program to meet the growing demand – participation has burgeoned 36 percent over the past year, reaching an all-time high. This year’s grant, according to Zeledon, will allow the organization to winnow its waiting list and accept more children.

One of the great joys for staff, Zeledon said, is seeing alumni walk back through the door to serve as interns at Bayshore Christian Ministries or to tell tales of their successes in the community.

Bayshore Christian Ministries has scheduled an open house 6-8 p.m. Dec. 13. Potential volunteers are invited to attend.

Tony Velasquez, Bayshore Christian Ministries intern, works with a student in the nonprofit organization’s after-school KidSmart program. Courtesy of Bayshore Christian Ministries

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