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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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ROBERT GAYLE SHRIVER

Robert Gayle Shriver, 60 yr resident of Los Altos, passed away peacefully at home on January 29, 2013. He was just one week shy of 96. Beloved father of four, Bob is survived by his children: Carol Dulleck (Dean), Joan Vennetti (Richard), Mary Ota (Ken) and Bob, Jr. (Jean), as well as 9 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Born Feb. 5, 1917 in Freedom, PA, Bob, as he was known to family and friends, attended the University of Pittsburgh as an engineering major, where he met and married Anna Maryetta MacKenzie. Married nearly 70 years, his beloved wife passed away in March of 2010.

Bob was employed by Westinghouse, initially in Pittsburgh, PA. Having decided he enjoyed the bay area its climate after spending the better part of a year on a project in Berkeley, Bob transferred to the company’s Sunnyvale location. His business travels took him to Europe and Japan, and he loved sharing stories of his experiences. His accomplishments were many, and he retired in 1980 as Operations Manager after 41 years of service to Westinghouse.

Bob was an avid follower of both Stanford and Pitt football. In earlier years, he liked fishing, and watching the sport of boxing.

Enjoying an early retirement at 63, Bob and Maryetta traveled extensively both within the United States and Europe. They delighted in crisscrossing the U.S. by car to visit friends and family. They also loved exploring England and other parts of the UK, as well as Germany, Switzerland, Italy and France.

Bob had a passion for building things, and found relaxation in tinkering under the hood of a car. Weekends and summers found him and the family up at one of the 3 mountain homes in Calaveras County which he designed and built over the years. He also enjoyed woodworking and was always building a mantel, desk, etc for one of his children. His many projects around his residence led his children to call him “Mr. Winchester”, from his adding on to the house, remodeling the kitchen, and the patio room addition where all enjoyed many family dinners in the summertime.

Active member in the congregation at Christ Church of Los Altos, Bob served on the Vestry for a number of years, and was often an usher. Services were held there Feb. 7, 2013. He will be greatly missed by friends and family.

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