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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.

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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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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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Local Author Spotlight

In an effort to support authors from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, many self-published, Book Buzz periodically spotlights their books and offers information on where to purchase them. Local authors are encouraged to submit brief summaries of their books, a sentence or two about themselves and details on where the books may be purchased. Email information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

‘Kavanah and Holy Days’ (CreateSpace, 2013)

By Stephen Astor

The novel “Kavanah and Holy Days” is a Jewish coming-of-age story, set against the backdrop of 19th-century Eastern Europe, where Jews lived under the oppressive Romanov regime and prayed to God to send the Mosheeach to rescue them.

In the book, part two in “The Second Coming of Moses” series, Moshe asks why Jewish people celebrate Rosh Hashanah in Tishri, the seventh month of the year, when God has commanded the Hebrew people to mark Nissan the first month of the year.

He wonders why his parents allow his sister to hang a mizrach on the south-facing wall of the family sukkah when tradition dictates that a mizrach must face east.

These and other questions confound young Moshe as he comes of age in the Jewish Pale of Settlement and tries to align his religion’s sometimes conflicting customs and traditions with God’s intention for the Hebrew people.

At the same time, his parents, Yocheved and Amram, try to understand God’s intention for their son, as they have arranged to adopt Moshe out to Tsar Alexander’s daughter and worry that living in a Christian home will cause him to lose his Jewish identity. What can a parent do to fortify a child to remain true to God?

A Boston transplant, Astor has lived in Los Altos for more than 40 years.

To purchase “Kavanah and Holy Days,” visit CreateSpace.com (No. 4178404) or Amazon.com.

‘Know Thine Enemy’ (CreateSpace, 2012)

By Judith Shoemaker-Hill

In the mystery “Know Thine Enemy,” Tawny Bradford is the highest-rated talk show host in California, but her faith and family give her life meaning. When both desert her, so does her hope. Her husband, Pastor Luke Bradford, leads the largest Protestant congregation in the state. Luke is one of the Four Fathers, spiritual shepherds aligned in the effort to stop President Sorrell Veasy from purging God from the schools, the public square and the U.S. Constitution.

When Luke disappears, along with Assistant District Attorney Brenda Richards and $50,000 of his church’s funds, Tawny relies on San Francisco police detectives Clive Brody and Will Harris to find them, as well as whoever is responsible for murdering young women of faith and leaving behind the message “No Allegiance, No Mercy.”

In a matter of days, the spiritual war escalates, and the people Tawny loves are exposed, exploited, jailed and martyred for their faith.

Shoemaker-Hill is a Los Altos resident.

To purchase “Know Thine Enemy,” visit Amazon.com.

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