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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.

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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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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PetReady! program advises animal owners

The Pet Ready! Earthquake and Disaster Preparedness for Animal Lovers Program is scheduled Saturday at Foothill College. The program teaches pet owners emergency preparedness for animals.

In addition to campus tours, the event will include a bandaging demonstration conducted by veterinary professionals and emergency experts and a canine search-and-rescue operation demonstrated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Adobe Animal Hospital practice manager Summer Holmstrand encouraged families to attend the event.

“It’s great for all ages,” she said. “It gives (kids and other participants) something they can control when the circumstances may be scary.”

Holmstrand advises pet owners to keep at least four days’ supplies stockpiled in an accessible home location for emergencies,

Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, local veterinarian technicians including Carol Schumacher, owner of Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital, successfully lobbied the state of California to require animal rescue as part of all state disaster planning.

“Animals are part of our families, and people will put their lives at risk to rescue their animals,” Schumacher said.

Schumacher teaches preparedness to registered veterinarian technicians and is dedicated to securing an animal shelter location for residents in the northern areas of Santa Clara County. She noted that studies show that many New Orleans residents stayed behind as the hurricane approached because they didn’t want to abandon their pets as they retreated to shelters and evacuation locations that didn’t allow animals.

Schumacher plans to participate in this weekend’s Pet Ready! program to help pet owners take the first steps toward being prepared.

“We really have to consider what we’re going to do when the big one hits,” she said.

The Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America hosts the event with the support of Adobe Animal Hospital, Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital and the Los Altos Hills County Fire District.

The Pet Ready! program is scheduled 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Veterinary Technology Lab, Building 8500-8700, Room 8507, at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Admission is free, as is parking for the first 50 people who reserve a spot by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

To register or for more information, visit midpen.com/petready.

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