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News

Cal Water says no E. coli in water; limits boiling advisory area

Cal Water says no E. coli in water; limits boiling advisory area

Cal Water officials said today that preliminary water quality test results were negative for E. coli were negative and "only a single hydrant" in the South El Monte area of Los Altos showed the presence of total coliform. They reduced the "boil your ...

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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 innovator, millennial hops aboard transcontinental trains traveling lab


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier Autumn Carter is raising money to participate in the Millennial Trains Project, an opportunity to learn more about the world from the window of a train.

 

For a generation of technology-tethered youth in Silicon Valley, fast-paced living is the norm. But for 10 days this summer, a local young woman plans to step back in time as she commutes cross-country on refurbished train cars as part of the Millennial Trains Project.

Autumn Carter, 24, executive director of the Los Altos-based California Common Sense nonprofit advocacy organization, hopes to embark on her journey in August.

Millennial Trains Project founder Patrick Dowd approached Carter last year with his idea to convene 40 entrepreneurial and forward-thinking 18- to 34-year-olds on a traveling “innovation lab.” Carter hopped onboard, creating an online project profile and raising funds. She has collected $1,200 toward her $5,000 July 1 fundraising goal – the cost to secure her seat on the train.

“The train is constantly moving forward,” said Carter of why a train – costly and slower than many other modes of transportation – is the right space for fostering the creative endeavors of the millennial generation. “It starts in one place and actually observes the world at a slower pace where you can take it in.”

Carter views the unorthodox experiential learning experience as the ideal opportunity for cultivating her aspiration to write a book on open-source data case studies. On each of the 10 stops along the Millennial Trains Project’s inaugural itinerary between San Francisco and Washington, D.C., she plans to identify examples of how young people are using data to tackle state and local initiatives in a unique way.

“Data is the most democratizing force moving forward,” Carter said. “Civic engagement is one of the most important parts of being an informed citizen … being able to ask the right questions and to get answers.”

Although Carter envisions that the train journey could build a strong foundation for a career focused on making government data more transparent and accessible to policymakers and the public, she said the relationships she forges with colleagues on the train as well as with people she meets along the way are just as important.

“Millennials believe we can change the world,” she said, “and we think more than that that it’s our responsibility to leave it better off than we found it.”

 

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