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News

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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LA girls win two, tie rivals in soccer

What a week for the Los Altos High girls soccer team. The Eagles opened it by clipping Saratoga 1-0, capped it with a 2-0 win over Monta Vista and tied rival Mountain View 2-all in between.

Los Altos improved to 2-0-1 in the SCVAL De Anza Division and 4-1-2 overall.

Julia Goupil’s first-half penalty kick beat Saratoga Jan. 7. Sophia Hyver scored on a header Friday against Monta Vista (assist Allie Crum) and her deflected shot earlier in the game led to a goal by Tess Wendelken. Crum and Stephanie Kouvelas tallied first-half goals versus Mountain View Jan. 9. The Spartans scored in the second half on shots by Dana Camin and Ysabel Balyuot (assists Erica Higa).

“We ended the game outshooting LA 15-6, but LA played a strong game and made it difficult for us,” Mountain View coach Ivan Bandov said.

Pinewood capped a three-win week by routing Eastside Prep 6-0 Saturday. Kelly Branson scored twice for Pinewood (5-0 West Bay Athletic League, 6-3-1 overall).

St. Francis shut out Sacred Heart Cathedral 7-0 Saturday in West Catholic Athletic League play. Annie Kingman and Katherine Bell paced the Lancers with three and two goals, respectively.

Boys soccer

Los Altos eked out a 2-1 De Anza Division win over Mountain View Jan. 9. Josh Stephens scored the Eagles’ first goal and assisted on the second, a shot by Kunal Patel with 10 minutes left. Keenan Zucker scored for the Spartans.

“It was a very good game, back and forth,” Mountain View coach Jim McGuirk said. “Los Altos is big and strong and played a great game.”

Boys basketball

Pinewood snapped a five-game losing streak by drubbing Crystal Springs 78-37 Friday behind 14 points from Greg Naumann. Owen Lewis and Kyle Murphy scored 13 each for the Panthers (1-3 WBAL, 6-6 overall).

Mountain View rallied in the fourth quarter to edge Milpitas 47-46 Jan. 8. Brian Kaestner totaled 22 points and Nick Wang 17 for the Spartans (2-1 De Anza Division, 7-7 overall).

Girls basketball

St. Francis topped Sacred Heart Cathedral 44-40 Saturday, getting 15 points from Shelbi Aimonetti and 11 from Kate Hoey.

The Lancers improved to 3-2 in the WCAL and 12-4 overall.

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