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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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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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Seizing a window of opportunity: Merchant recalls early days in celebrating 20-year anniversary


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Select Windows Inc. owner Tony Rebagliati, foreground, celebrates 20 years of business in Los Altos this summer. Rebagliati has operated his business since 1997, with help from high school friend Dave Brumley, back.

Longtime Los Altos merchant Tony Rebagliati knows a thing or two about the panes and gains – pardon the pun – of running a small business.

Apparently, he knows a thing or two about longevity as well.

Rebagliati, owner of Select Windows Inc. at 394 First St., is slated to celebrate 20 years in business later this summer. And like so many others, Rebagliati recalled falling into his current occupation by happenstance.

A general contractor by trade, Rebagliati found his niche specializing in window and door sales and installations in Los Gatos and other South Bay cities. During those days, he added, it wasn’t uncommon to have two or three crews working simultaneously on different projects.

“In fact, it was most of my business,” said Rebagliati, who spends his days working alongside his Santa Teresa High School friend, Dave Brumley. “It’s just the way fate sort of directed me.”

His business became so successful, Rebagliati said, that he soon made the decision to open his own retail location. Soon after, Rebagliati opted to open his store in Los Altos after noticing a similarity in demographics with Los Gatos. He opened his doors July 1, 1993.

“Those were the days when you had to be (listed) in the phone book,” Rebagliati said with a chuckle. “It was scary, it was a risk. I was already in business for myself, but I’d never done retail before.”

Two decades later, Rebagliati said he has no regrets about his decision. These days, he said his daily goal is to make “people’s homes as comfortable as possible,” specializing in installations addressing issues such heat gains or losses, UV protection and noise reduction.

Most of the store’s business, Rebagliati said, now consists of working directly with developers building custom homes in the area. That’s a significant change from as recently as five or six years ago, he added, when his sales and installation orders consisted of a 50-50 split between builders and direct service to homeowners. Rebagliati attributed the changes to a struggling economy that has since started to pick up.

“There was a time when we could not even place the orders fast enough,” said Rebagliati, who is kicking off a sale at his store from mid-May through June to celebrate his 20 years in Los Altos. “I don’t see that happening again, but things are still good.”

Through profitable times – and lean times as well – Rebagliati noted that the one constant thread has been the store’s local support.

“Los Altos is a nice community,” he said. “It has definitely supported me and my family for the last 20 years.”

As for the future, Rebagliati has no intention of making changes to something that isn’t broken.

“I’m not ready to retire,” he said with a grin. “I’m just going to keep going. … Why stop a good thing?”

For more information, call 941-0744 or visit www.selectwindows.com.

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