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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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Guy Shoup House earns landmark status: Two-story home on University Avenue receives historical desig


Photo By: Photo By Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Photo By Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Marlene and Del Beumer, above, received Historical Landmark status from the city of Los Altos for their University Avenue home.

Although it took Los Altos residents Del and Marlene Beumer only a few minutes to add their thumbprints and signatures to a document designating their University Avenue home a Historical Landmark June 27, the couple said the achievement was nearly a century in the making.

The story begins in 1915 when a two-story, Mediterranean-style residence at 452 University Ave., designed by architect Warren Skillings, reached completion on a site nestled between Adobe Creek and the old Southern Pacific railway line – known today as Foothill Expressway.

Adhering to the popular style of the day, the home includes a facade of asymmetrical windows with few embellishments and a stucco finish. In addition to the architecture itself, the original owner of the home – Guy Shoup – is an asset to the home’s value.

While serving as vice president and general counsel of Southern Pacific Railroad, Shoup helped found the Rotary Club of Los Altos and Los Altos Union Church. Wander no farther than Shoup Park to appreciate the enduring legacy of Shoup and his brother Paul, considered the “Father of Los Altos.”

The home’s age and architecture qualify the structure as a Historical Landmark, but according to the guidelines of Los Altos’ Historical Preservation Ordinance, the role that Guy Shoup played in the town’s early days further underlines the importance of preserving the property. The home is the 104th in the city granted Historical Landmark status by the Los Altos City Council and its Historical Commission.

Marlene said she and Del feel more like caretakers of the property because they purchased the Guy and Adelle Shoup House from the original owners’ daughter. Maintaining the landscaping as close to its original design as possible, the Beumers view the recent landmark designation as a way to preserve the home. The five-bedroom, three-bathroom home is currently on the market as the Beumers look to downsize.

Future owners might also reap the benefits of a property-tax reduction that enables money to be reinvested into preservation or restoration of a home so designated, but the Beumers note that the classification is more about “keeping the history of the community relevant” than any financial gain.

“It protects the house so that more people realize its importance,” Marlene said.

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