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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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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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Los Altos Rotary, Kiwanis clubs name 2013 scholarship winners


Photo By: Left Photo by Traci Newell/Town Crier Right Photo by Jerry Tomanek
Photo Left Photo By Traci Newell/Town Crier Right Photo By Jerry Tomanek

Students, left, receiving Kiwanis Club of Los Altos scholarships include, from left, Matthew Marent, Hanlei Liang, Erika Lama, Jose Lopez and Joshua Tree Poblete.

The Rotary and Kiwanis clubs of Los Altos recently awarded 2013 scholarships to students attending local middle and high schools.

The Los Altos Rotary Academic Scholarships presented to graduating high school students included a certificate and financial assistance ranging from $800 to $2,500 based on need.

Rotary scholarship recipients are: Mike Aguilar, Marissa Mason and Jasmine Sanchez, Alta Vista High School; Dan Meidinger, Mountain View Academy; and Sydney Magana, Timothy Young, Viet Nguyen and Kristen Redaniel, Mountain View High School.

Kimberly Kaiser of St. Francis High School received the first Billy Russell Scholarship, named in honor of the former president of the Rotary Club of Los Altos who died in 2008. Sung-Yee Guo of Los Altos High School received the Charles Cowan Scholarship for Science and Technology.

Outstanding students in the Los Altos School District intermediate schools received a certificate of accomplishment and $50. The Rotary Club recognized Katia Gibson and Zack Kaplan from Egan Junior High School and Douglas Curtis and Julie Daseking from Blach Intermediate School.

Rotary scholars must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade-point average and demonstrate a financial need.

The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos awarded $3,100 scholarships to five local high school students. The club annually recognizes students who overcome obstacles to succeed in high school and often are the first in their families to attend college. The scholarships are for seniors who plan to attend Foothill or De Anza college.

Kiwanis scholarship recipients from the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District are: Matthew Marent, Alta Vista High School; Joshua Tree Poblete and Jose Lopez, Los Altos High School; Erika Lama, Mountain View High School; and Hanlei Liang (Adult Education program).

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