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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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Health Briefs

RoadRunners seeks volunteer drivers

RoadRunners, a transportation service funded by the El Camino Healthcare District’s Community Benefit program, seeks volunteer drivers to meet increased demand.

The Mountain View-based organization, which has served the district since 1985, provides door-to-door transportation via El Camino Hospital RoadRunners cars for local seniors with medical, dental or other health-related appointments, as well as personal errands such as trips to the beauty salon or grocery store.

Volunteers must have a California driver’s license, a clean driving record, patience and reliability, and availability to donate at least a half-day of their time once a week. Scheduling is flexible, and orientation and training are provided. Volunteers benefit from free access to hospital resources, including classes offered through the hospital’s education department.

For more information, call 940-7016.

ECH sponsors eating disorders groups

The Eating Disorders Resource Center hosts a free, local support group for family and friends directly or indirectly affected by an eating disorder 9:30-11 a.m. the second and fourth Saturdays of each month in El Camino Hospital’s Conference Room A, 2500 Grant Road, Mountain View.

The center also sponsors a support group for eating disorder sufferers 9:30-11 a.m. the first and third Saturdays of each month at the same location.

For more information, call (408) 356-1212 or visit www.edrcsv.org.

Hospital district gets new name

The El Camino Hospital District changed its name to the El Camino Healthcare District, effective June 5. The district also unveiled a new brand identity, including a logo and website.

District officials said they opted for the change to emphasize a greater focus on community health and wellness. The renaming aims to improve transparency and demonstrate the separate functions of the district and El Camino Hospital, officials added.

“As we strategically shift our approach to meeting the community’s health needs and place a greater focus on wellness, renaming the district better encapsulates the breadth and depth of health services and education that will keep our community well,” said John Zog- lin, chairman of the El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors. “Renaming the district also provides additional clarity around the separate and distinct roles of the district and the hospital.”

The resolution passed unanimously during a recent district board meeting and was verified shortly thereafter by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.

For more information, visit www.ElCaminoHealthcareDistrict.org.

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