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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


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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 High trio qualifies for national track meet


Photo By: Town Crier file photo
Photo Town Crier File Photo

Danny Yeager placed first in the decathlon at the Region 14 Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships, scoring a personal-best 6,113 points. He is headed to the national meet next month, along with his younger brother Brian and Kelly McConnell.

The track and field season came to an end nearly a month ago for most members of the Los Altos High team. Kelly McConnell and brothers Danny and Brian Yeager are still at it, though, and recently extended their seasons another month.

The trio has qualified in the decathlon for next month’s USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in North Carolina. The decathlon comprises 10 events, including runs, jumps and throws.

The Yeagers and McConnell – representing Los Altos-based track club Fox Athletics – advanced by placing first or second in their age groups at the USATF Region 14 Junior Olympic Multi-Events meet held June 15 and 16 in Rocklin.

Danny, who graduated from Los Altos in May, won the Young Men Division (ages 17-18) and incoming senior McConnell finished second. Brian, entering his junior year, placed first in the Intermediate Boys Division (15-16).

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo-bound Danny scored a personal-best 6,113 points in the decathlon at the regional meet.

“Danny made nationals last year in the decathlon, but this year I hope he can get on the podium and earn All-American honors,” said Dave Barth, who coaches track for Fox Athletics and at Los Altos High. “I believe he is very capable.”

Brother Brian isn’t as experienced in the event, but he has proved to be a quick study.

“We had to twist Brian’s arm a bit to get him to try a decathlon, (and) sure enough he goes out there and he wins it,” Barth said. “Both Yeager boys are such incredible athletes with lots of raw talent. They will continue to get faster and stronger in future years.”

For McConnell, it took a second-day surge – the decathlon is a two-day event – to seize runner-up status at the regional.

“After Day 1, Kelly was in fifth place,” Barth said. “However, he took it one event at a time and we knew that he had a good shot of moving up in the rankings since Day 2 of the decathlon consists of hurdles, throwing and the 1,500, which are geared toward Kelly’s strengths.”

Next comes the national meet, slated July 22-28 in Greensboro N.C.

“We now have a month to work on some of the boys’ weaker events to get them prepared for North Carolina,” Barth said last week. “These guys probably practice four or five of the 10 events consistently, so with lots of focus on technique, they may be able to improve upon their marks quite a bit come mid-July.”

For more information on the upcoming national meet, visit usatf.org and click “Events/Calendar.”

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