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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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Rosenberg takes coaching job at Linfield College


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After 11 years as men’s basketball coach at Foothill College, Shanan Rosenberg is leaving for Linfield. That’s Linfield College, a private liberal arts school in McMinnville, Ore., with approximately 1,900 students.

“It’s one of the few places I’d consider leaving Foothill for,” said Rosenberg, hired April 19 to succeed longtime coach Larry Doty at the NCAA Division III college. “It has beautiful facilities and amenities. Almost 40 percent of the students are athletes, and they value athletics and a quality education, and there’s a lot of alumni support.”

Rosenberg added that he was already familiar with Linfield – he spent three years as an assistant coach at Lewis & Clark College in nearby Portland before coming to Foothill – and that McMinnville (population of 32,187 in the last census) is an ideal place for him and his family to live.

“It’s a great move for me professionally and for my family,” said the teacher and coach, who is married with three young children. “It’s a terrific fit.”

But if the move doesn’t work out, Rosenberg has the option to return to Foothill for the 2014-15 school year. He requested and received a one-year leave of absence from Foothill, according to athletic director Susan Gutkind.

Rosenberg downplayed the option, however. He made it clear that he intends to coach at Linfield for the long haul, calling it “a dream job.”

Rosenberg was selected from a pool of more than 100 applicants, according to a Linfield press release, and will oversee the varsity and junior-varsity teams, as well as teach health and kinesiology classes.

“I believe Shanan is a great fit for Linfield,” athletic director Scott Carnahan said. “He has all the attributes we were looking for and has achieved great success in every coaching opportunity he has had.”

Foothill compiled a 186-131 record under Rosenberg, who guided the Owls to the playoffs eight times. His most recent team went 22-5 in the regular season – the best mark in program history – and ranked as high as third in the state.

While the wins were nice, Rosenberg is most proud of how many of his players transferred to four-year schools – all but one, who entered the military, he said – and the bonds they formed.

“The feeling in the locker room at the end of every season is impactful and lasting,” he said. “There’s growth, love and brotherhood.”

Although Rosenberg is excited about starting his new job – he teaches classes at the Los Altos Hills community college through June – the St. Francis High graduate said he will look back fondly on his days at Foothill.

“I’ll miss a lot of things,” he said, “but what I’ll miss most are the relationships, especially with the players.”

Gutkind acknowledged that Rosenberg will be missed as well.

“Shanan’s leadership has provided Foothill with a men’s basketball program that does an outstanding job of preparing young men for whatever their futures might bring,” she said. “He emphasizes academic commitment and personal responsibility and the team regularly does a great job in the classroom. He’s been an excellent teacher of the game as well, so his teams have regularly achieved strong results because of his efforts.”

Gutkind – who added that the Linfield position “is a great opportunity” for Rosenberg and wished him success – must now find his successor. Whoever takes the job will have the title of “acting coach,” according to Gutkind, since Rosenberg has not resigned.

“We are evaluating our options for the coming season and hope to have a decision soon,” she said.

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