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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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Los Altos High School hosts Writers Week


Photo By: Town Crier File Photo
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During a previous Los Altos High School Writers Week, poet Joshua Blake Edwards discusses his craft with English students.

Los Altos High School students have an opportunity to interface with a lineup of professional writers, poets and journalists during the 28th annual Writers Week Monday through March 7.

The writers bring diversity in themes and genres. In addition to returning participants, first-timers will contribute their insights during the school’s yearly tradition of engaging all English students with noted writers from all walks of life.

The authors of fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, short stories, scripts, songs and blogs will meet with students and share their stories, their paths to becoming writers and the details of their writing processes.

Each Writers Week features an evening event open to the community. “An Evening of Pure Poetry” is scheduled 7 p.m. March 7 in Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave. Four Bay Area poets who represent a broad range of poetic forms and styles will read from their work and discuss the art of poetry. Featured speakers include Mario Chard, a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University; Paul Flores, a published playwright and nationally prominent spoken-word performer; Amy Glynn Greacen, whose poems have merited extensive publication and won many major awards; and Chinaka Hodge, an up-and-coming young poet who hails from Oakland.

The week’s events open with Los Altos High’s annual Poetry Performance Competition (“Slam”) 7 p.m. Friday in Eagle Theater. The event is open to the public. Admission is $3.

Writers Week is the only high school program in the country that annually invites more than 25 authors to address the students in every English class.

Two Stanford University writing programs, Stegner Fellows (poetry and prose) and Knight Fellows (journalism) collaborate with Los Altos High to facilitate the week. The Tracey Cullinan Memorial Fund helped establish Writers Week. Los Altos High parents, committed to the concept that learning is reinforced, enhanced and inspired by visiting writers, now fund Writers Week.

Past visiting authors have included Gail Tsukiyama, “The Street of a Thousand Blossoms”; Daniel Handler, “Adverbs”; Khaled Hosseini, “The Kite Runner”; Daniel Alarcon, “Lost City Radio”; Wallace Stegner; and Amy Tan.

“Writers Week began the Los Altos High tradition, which now includes Science and Tech Week and History Week, that creates a powerful connection between the classroom and the professional lives students will one day lead,” said Galen Rosenberg, English teacher and Writers Week Committee member. “Writers Week makes the learning in the classroom even more real for our students, and is a great opportunity for the whole community to participate in an LAHS event.”

For more information, visit www.mvla.net/lahs/Academics/English/Pages/WritersWeek.aspx.

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