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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


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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PG&E, police warn residents about utility-worker scam

The Los Altos Police Department and PG&E last week warned local residents about a scam involving thieves fraudulently posing as utility workers.

PG&E initially issued the warning after reports of home burglaries in Vallejo, Oakland and San Carlos. In each case, according to the utility company, thieves dressed as PG&E utility workers to contact the victims in person and stole money and jewelry from them after gaining access to their residences. Company officials noted that they are working with local law enforcement agencies to help resolve the cases.

They also cautioned the public about a second scam in which victims receive calls from thieves posing as PG&E representatives who tell them that their service will be cut off if they fail to pay a past-due bill via credit card, gift card or wiring money from a checking account.

Los Altos Police Chief Tuck Younis told the Town Crier that residents need to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police.

“This is really just about making the public aware that this is going on,” said Younis, who added that his department sent out the PG&E warning last week via its Nixle alert system.

Younis noted that Los Altos is no stranger to such scams and that residents should exercise extra caution when approached by anyone claiming to represent a service or agency.

“We’ve had similar incidents occur in the past couple of years in Los Altos,” he said. “A team of two will come to a home, one will distract the victim (and draw them) away from the house while an accomplice enters the home and steals items.”

PG&E officials said residents could take several precautionary steps if approached by someone claiming to represent their company, including asking to see a valid form of identification before allowing anyone posing as a utility worker inside their home.

“Residents can challenge people and ask them for identification,” Younis said. “All legitimate employees from these agencies, including PG&E, have photo IDs that represent them and their company.”

In addition, residents can call PG&E’s customer service line to verify an appointment if they feel uncertain – even after the person claiming to be a PG&E employee produces identification. Customers with appointments receive an automated call back within 48 hours prior to a scheduled visit, according to company officials, or receive a personal call from a PG&E representative ahead of time.

Los Altos customers with concerns about the legitimacy of a call claiming the need for payment on a past-due bill that requires the release of personal information are advised to call PG&E’s customer service line at (800) PGE-5000 or the Los Altos Police Department at 947-2770.

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