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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


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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Circuit race returns to Foothill; ‘Learning Curve’ set for Sunday


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

Kate Finegan, right, won the Women’s Pro/Category 1/2 Open Division at last year’s Foothill College Circuit Race.

Organizers of the third annual Foothill College Circuit Race, “The Learning Curve,” were not able to find a major sponsor for this weekend’s event, but they said the 12 individual races are spoken for.

The fundraising race is scheduled 8 a.m. to 5:40 p.m. Sunday at the Los Altos Hills community college.

The course is a clockwise 1.09-mile loop around campus with 60 feet of climbing per lap. Race categories include Juniors, Elite Men, Elite Women and Masters.

The Learning Curve raised approximately $6,000 over the past two years, according to Brenda Davis-Visas, Foothill director of facilities and special projects. Proceeds go toward constructing a bike path from El Monte Road to the pedestrian bridge on campus. The project is estimated to cost $700,000.

“We have a very long way to go, and probably more every year as inflation goes (up),” said Davis-Visas, who came up with the idea for the race.

Foothill officials work with the Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club to organize the event each summer.

According to Barry Gordon, club president, the race has undergone a few changes this year. It has been upgraded in status and is now part of the Northern California Nevada Cycling Association (NCNCA) 2013 Women’s Race Series, the NCNCA 2013 Junior Points Series and the USA Cycling Road Development Race Series.

“It just means that the race has greater status in the cycling community and that more people will participate in the event to obtain more series points for the NCNCA Women’s Race and Junior Points Series,” Gordon said. “Also, juniors that do well in the USA Cycling Road Development Race Series will be invited to national cycling training camps.”

Registration is available online at bikereg.com or on the day of the event starting at 7:15 a.m. next to the starting line. Registration closes 10 minutes prior to each race. Race fees range from $15 to $35, with $10 added after Thursday.

Davis-Visas encourages those who are not participating to come out and watch the racers in action.

“The race is fabulous to watch – you feel the hot air as they go through,” she said. “Even just to see what they do for an hour (is worthwhile).”

For more information, visit foothillcollegecircuitrace.com.

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