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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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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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Locals run, jump their way to CCS championships


Photo By: Chris Scheetz/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Chris Scheetz/Special To The Town Crier Los Altos High’s Will Scheetz hands off to Tyler Polen in the boys 4x100 relay Saturday.

No local girl had a better day at the Central Coast Section track and field semifinals than Gunn High’s Sarah Robinson. The Los Altos Hills resident won the 3,200-meter run and placed second in the 1,600 race Saturday at Gilroy High.

Robinson ran the 3,200 in 10 minutes, 45.54 seconds – nearly two seconds ahead of runner-up Danielle Katz of Los Gatos – and placed roughly one second behind San Lorenzo Valley’s Anna Maxwell in the 1,600 with a time of 4:55.10.

“I feel good about (Saturday’s) races,” Robinson said. “My main focus at CCS trials was just to qualify for CCS finals.”

The finals are scheduled Friday back at Gilroy (4 p.m. field events, 6 p.m. track races), where Robinson aims to run her best and advance to next week’s state meet.

“My expectations for Friday would be to place well in CCS and to run PRs (personal records),” the junior said. “I think if I can accomplish both of those things, I will be happy.”

Mountain View’s Kolisa Nhlapo also qualified for the finals in two events. The junior finished fourth in the girls 300 hurdles (45.66) and fifth in the 100 hurdles (15.62).

“I feel good about the meet results; all of my personal goals were met,” Nhlapo said. “I will be entering the CCS finals with renewed vigor.”

The Spartans qualified two more girls for the finals, both in the 1,600. Melissa Reed placed sixth (5:02.10) and Maya Weigel came in 10th (5:13.17).

Lauren Jacobs will represent the Los Altos girls Friday. The freshman finished seventh in the 3,200 (11:14.27).

On the boys side, Los Altos senior Danny Yeager qualified in three events. He placed second in the 300 hurdles (38.69), tied for fifth in the high jump (clearing 6 feet, 2 inches) and ran the third leg of the 4x400 relay, which came in sixth (3:27.58). Arthur Bogdanovich ran the first leg, Konrad Niemiec the second and Willem Van Eck anchored the relay.

The Eagles’ 4x100 relay advanced as well. The team of Chris Tien, Will Scheetz, Tyler Polen and Van Eck ran a 43.25 to nab the eighth and final spot in the finals.

“We did not have our best races in the relays but managed to sneak into finals,” said co-head coach Dave Barth, who noted that his research shows this is only the second time Los Altos has qualified both boys relay teams for the meet. “It is very hard at CCS (semifinals) to qualify for CCS finals because every team shows up ready to perform.”

Brian Yeager will join his older brother at the finals. The sophomore took fourth in the triple jump (44-7.50). Mountain View’s Drew Russert also advanced in the event, placing eighth (43-9).

Kevin Bastoul was the other Spartan to qualify, seizing the last berth with a 12th-place time of 4:27.65.

St. Francis shines

St. Francis will have several competitors at Friday’s CCS finals.

For the boys, Khalid Johnson has qualified in the 100 and 200 dashes, while twin brother Khalil made it in the long jump. Khalid won the 200 (21.79) and took second in the 100 (11.02) at the semifinals; Khalil was fifth in the long jump (22-7).

Marc Toney tied for first in the pole vault (13-0) and Gabriel McLarnan earned eighth in the 800 run (1:56.41). Both relay teams won their races, with the 4x100 tying rival Bellarmine for first (42.0) and the 4x400 prevailing outright (3:24.74).

Two St. Francis girls advanced: Lauren Johnson in the triple jump (second, 37-3.75) and 100 hurdles (fifth, 15.37) and Mackenzie Florant in the high jump (fifth, 5-0).

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