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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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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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Los Altos History Museum fashion show, luncheon features local businesses, residents


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier Alison Lindell, left, and her daughter, Dr. Kerry Lindell, will model clothing from Hartman’s Fashions during the Los Altos History Museum’s upcoming fashion-show fundraiser.

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled its fifth fashion show and luncheon, “Imagine,” 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 10 at the University Club, 3277 Miranda Ave., Palo Alto.

The event will feature local residents as models and area businesses spotlighting their products and services. Proceeds benefit the museum’s exhibitions and educational programs.

“We’re showcasing our own local talent, and our wide array of local shopping,” said Ann Oliver, event co-chairwoman.

Co-chairwoman Marilyn Henderson noted that “the variety of fashions available to us right here is amazing.”

“Imagine” is scheduled the Friday before Mother’s Day, so the show will feature many family connections, according to Maureen Fraser, the co-chairwoman who coordinated the models.

The participating models:

• Vicki Oldberg, a Los Altos resident since 1970, will be joined by her granddaughter, Cailin.

• Edinburgh native Alison Lindell will model with her daughter, Dr. Kerry Lindell, and her fifth-grade granddaughter, Avery Biczek.

• Historical Commissioners Denise Welsh, Janis Ahmadjian-Baer and Kristin Baker and Planning Department member Yvonne Dupont will represent the city of Los Altos.

• Karen Bonke and her daughter, Bryn Fenton, will walk the runway, as will Fran Henderson and her daughter and granddaughter, Carol and Brooke Danaher.

• Sisters Kathy Lera and Patty Thompson will model with Patty’s twins, Abbie and Jackson.

• Museum staffer Aja Sorensen, who will be a new mom in August, will model with her mother, LouAnn Barr.

• Amy Lynch, Sheri King, Pat Booth and Mary Tan round out the local cast, with Liz Nyberg returning as master of ceremonies.

“Each time, we find something amazing to wear, for every age and figure type,” Fraser said. “I love that I don’t have to go far to look great.”

The models will showcase fashions from Apricot Lane, Cambric, Chico’s, Gitane, Kula Sweet, Hartman’s Fashions, Oz Boutique, Shunzi, Stuart’s Apparel and Yum Yum Tree.

A boutique will feature unique items from BK Collectibles, Cranberry Scoop, Gourmet Works and local artisan Diane Aristarco Fujimoto. The event will also include a display of historical fashions and a raffle.

Edward and Pamela Taft are majors underwriters of the fundraiser. Marich Confectionery, Mary Kay Cosmetics and the Los Altos Town Crier also support the event.

Prepaid reservations are required, as seating is limited. Tickets are $65 for museum members, $80 for nonmembers.

For tickets and more information, call Aja Sorensen at 948-9427, ext. 14; visit www.losaltoshistory.org; or stop by the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.

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