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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.

Local un...

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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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Detours expected on Fremont Road through March

Drivers, pedestrians and cyclists traveling through Los Altos Hills should be prepared for one-way travel and detours on Fremont Road through March.
The Los Altos Hills Public Works Department is completing construction work for the Safe Route to Los Altos Hills School Project along the north side of Fremont Road between Miranda and Manuella roads. The project includes the construction of granite pathways, curb ramps and a wood retaining wall.

Traffic delays have been reported near Gardner Bullis School and may remain in effect until the project is complete.

From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., car traffic in front of the school will run East to West. Drivers may only turn right out of the school and cars may not stop to drop off children. Similarly, cars may not stop to drop off children or make a U-turn on West Edith Road.

The pathway along the north side of Fremont Road from West Edith to Gardner Bullis is open to pedestrians and cyclists. Those traveling by foot can use the crosswalks at Miranda and Fremont Pines Lane to walk into the school.

Car detour hours:

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays (except when raining)

Maps to help plan your commute, from Gardner Bullis administrators

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Primary detour route from Los Altos (5- to 10-minute drive):
Take a left at West Edith Road/Fremont Road, a right at Robleda Road, right at Purissima Road, right at La Paloma Road and right on Fremont Road to school.
Map and directions:
http://goo.gl/maps/uYYdW

Alternate Foothill Expressway route to school:
Come in at W. Fremont Road at Arasterdero and Hillview roads.
Map and directions:
http://goo.gl/maps/KmHsV
 
 
From Arasterdero Road, Foothill Expressway or Interstate 280:
Take a left at Miranda Avenue, bear left (Miranda Avenue becomes Estacada Drive ) and go right on Manuella Road to Arasterdero Road, then turn right to Foothill Expressway or left to Page Mill Road or Interstate 280.
Map and directions:
http://goo.gl/maps/CkN5n

Partial walk to school from University Ave. (12-minute walk):
There is street parking around Lincoln Park on University Avenue. Parents can park there and walk their children to school from Lincoln Park. Cars can continue driving straight and take the first left to reach Main Street and Foothill Expressway.
Map and directions:
http://goo.gl/maps/O1dhQ

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