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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.

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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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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William E. Shine: Los Altos volunteer extraordinaire


Longtime Los Altos resident William E. Shine, an avid community volunteer who organized the city’s 1976 Bicentennial parade and celebration, died June 30. Mr. Shine was 92.

A native of Indianapolis, Mr. Shrine graduated from Cathedral Catholic High School before enlisting in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Deployed to the European Theater in 1944, Sgt. Shine was a surgical technician in the Company B 305th Medical Battalion and served with Gen. George S. Patton’s Third Army.

He was wounded in October 1944 near Metz, France, and subsequently awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Honorably discharged in 1945, Mr. Shine was a disabled veteran for the remainder of his life.

He earned a degree from the University of Notre Dame following the war, not long before marrying Joan Baltz in 1950. A brief visit to California before the war impressed Mr. Shine enough for him to convince his wife that they should move West with their first child.

They settled in Los Altos in 1952, the year of the city’s incorporation. The Shines raised five children, all of whom graduated from Los Altos High School between 1969 and 1977.

Mr. Shine’s numerous volunteer efforts – from organizing the Bicentennial parade to leading a fundraising drive for the library’s fountain and redwood deck – earned him the Los Altos Board of Realtors’ Community Service Award in 1981.

A lover of music and sports, Mr. Shine was actively involved in Little League and in 1979 helped establish the Music in the Air concerts, presented by the music departments at Foothill College and Los Altos and Awalt high schools.

A singer in church choirs during high school and college, Mr. Shine was a member of the St. William Parish choir and belonged to a barbershop quartet.

Mr. Shine is survived by the mother of his children, Joan Shine of Mountain View; daughters Joan Jones of Santa Clara and Theresa Swilley of Oakdale; sons William Shine Jr. of Mountain View and Damian Shine of Alpharetta, Ga.; brother Robert of Corvallis; sister Mary of Indianapolis; and eight grandchildren.

Services have been held.

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