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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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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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Schola Cantorum performs free concert, Bach’s ‘Passion of the Christ’

Schola Cantorum and the Stanford Office for Religious Life have scheduled a performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “The St. Matthew Passion” 7 p.m. March 22 at Stanford Memorial Church on the Stanford University campus.

Schola Cantorum, the Mountain View-based choral ensemble, has waited nearly 50 years to bring Bach’s masterpiece to a Silicon Valley audience. Schola Cantorum Music Director Gregory Wait, head of vocal studies in Stanford’s Music Department, served as director of the Memorial Church Choir for many years.

According to Wait, “The St. Matthew Passion” tells the story of the days leading up to Christ’s crucifixion and subsequent resurrection.

“‘The Matthew Passion’ is the last one Bach wrote, and for it he pulled out all the stops – double chorus, double orchestra, six soloists, including a Jesus and a Matthew (the evangelist). It even has a boys’ choir singing chorale hymn-tunes in a couple of the movements,” he said.

When Schola Cantorum set out to prepare for the concert, Wait first divided the ensemble’s 100 members into two choruses so that they could perform their many roles – they provide commentary at the open and close of each half, they interject during arias and they sing the utterances of priests, soldiers, disciples and crowds.

To sing the parts of the leading characters, Schola engaged guest soloists, including tenor Brian Thorsett in the role of Matthew and Kenneth Goodson, baritone and Stanford professor of mechanical engineering, as Jesus. Los Altos Hills resident Christine Abraham, hailed for her “radiant” voice by the Los Angeles Times, will sing the soprano lead. The Silicon Valley Boychoir will join the performance under the direction of Julia Simon.

Performers will sing the “The St. Matthew Passion” in German. Wait said the original language is “so tightly and beautifully fit” to the music that much would be lost to hear it translated to English. A printed Listener’s Guide will enable audience to follow the action of the story.

Wait summed up the personal significance of “The St. Matthew Passion”: “It has for me, and for many people I know, an effect that is almost impossible to express. It has everything – it has emotion, it has drama, it has conflict and reconciliation, but most of all it has enormous, powerful beauty.”

Funding for Schola Cantorum’s presentation of “The St. Matthew Passion” comes from The John Ernest Foundation, whose mission is to promote the advancement of community-changing initiatives to achieve a more positive environment. The foundation sponsored the performance to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

To order tickets, call the Stanford Ticket Office at 725-2787.

For more information on Schola Cantorum, email Mary Powell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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