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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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LASD students compete in Junior Olympics


Photo By: Craig Carlson/Special to the TOwn Crier
Photo Craig Carlson/Special To The Town Crier Gardner Bullis School sixth-grader Taylor Mozart competes in hurdles.

Los Altos School District fourth- through sixth-graders competed in the 53rd annual Junior Olympics April 27 at Mountain View High School.

Events included the 400-meter relay, the 75-yard dash, the 60-yard hurdles, the standing long jump, chin-ups, jump rope, the softball throw and the basketball free throw.

According to organizers, the annual program encourages participants to strive to perform their best and stresses good sportsmanship and the importance of healthful competition.

Records set at this year’s games include:

• Almond School sixth-grader Alan Guo jumped rope 145 times in 30 seconds, beating the previous record, set in 1984, by 20.

• Almond fifth-grader Dean Tan jumped rope 114 times in 30 seconds, beating the previous record, set in 1995, by nine.

• Covington School fifth-grader Annika Coleman completed 28 chin-ups, beating the previous record, set in 2002, by two.

• Gardner Bullis School fourth-grader Laura Mackenzie completed 24 chin-ups, beating the previous record, set in 2001, by one.

• Almond fourth-grader Jamie Baum threw a softball 129 feet, beating the previous record, set in 1990, by a little shy of 3 feet.

• Springer School fifth-grader Milana Sarathy completed the hurdles competition in 9.0476 minutes, beating the previous record of 9.25 minutes.

• Santa Rita School fourth-grader Charlie Kinne completed the hurdles in 9.1584 minutes, beating the previous record of 9.23 minutes.

Relay records

Students set records in this year’s relay races, as well.

Girls: Oak Avenue School’s fourth-grade White Team beat the previous record by 0.33 seconds, its fifth-grade White Team beat it by 0.48 seconds and Loyola School’s sixth-grade Red Team finished 0.26 seconds ahead of the record.

Boys: Loyola’s fifth-grade Blue Team beat the standing record by 1.43 seconds, its fifth-grade White Team beat it by 0.54 seconds and Oak’s fifth-grade Red Team finished 1.49 seconds ahead of the old record.

For more photos from the 53rd annual Junior Olympics, click here.

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