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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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Yellow-fever mosquito lands in Bay Area


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The Santa Clara County Vector Control District uses traps to catch and subsequently monitor mosquitoes for yellow fever and West Nile virus.

Just as the local mosquito season comes to an end, a rare type of the insect has surfaced nearby. A yellow-fever mosquito was found Aug. 23 in Menlo Park, according to local county vector control districts.

With origins in Africa, the Aedes aegypti – or yellow-fever mosquito – is approximately 1/4-inch long with a black and white body. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials noted that the species is most active two hours after sunrise and two hours before sunset and can even hide in closets during the day. By transmitting the virus from one human or mammal to the next via bites, the species can spread dengue fever and yellow fever. Fresno and Madera counties also identified yellow-fever mosquitoes this summer, but no symptoms of infection were reported in humans.

“It’s important to note that the current risk of disease transmission from this mosquito is extremely low,” said San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow in a press release. “But we must make every effort to eradicate this mosquito and not allow it to establish itself here to prevent future disease transmission risk.”

The species quickly adapts to new environments, according to CDC officials. Vector control and area agencies responded quickly to eliminate the yellow-fever mosquito threat. In addition to deploying traps to capture adult mosquitoes and mosquito eggs, local agencies conducted door-to-door canvassing near the source in Menlo Park. Such efforts were successful in eradicating the yellow-fever mosquito at the San Francisco Airport in 1979, the last time officials detected the species in the area.

The San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District encourages residents to protect themselves from bites by wearing long-sleeved clothing and applying insect repellents that contain DEET, picaridin or eucalyptus and lemon oil. Vector control officers also request that homeowners eliminate standing water that could expand the mosquito population and make sure that doors and windows are tightly sealed.

It is much more common for mosquitoes to transmit West Nile virus during the local mosquito season, which typically ends in September. California is experiencing an especially active West Nile virus season, with 87 human cases of the mosquito-transmitted disease reported in 23 counties this year. As of Friday, the Santa Clara County Vector Control District completed eight mosquito foggings in San Jose – a procedure completed when infected mosquitoes are found near dead birds, squirrels or other animals that test positive for West Nile. Although vector control confirmed that no dead birds or mosquitoes from Los Altos tested positive for the disease as of last month, a Santa Clara County woman in July became the first county resident to contract the virus since 2011.

For updates and more information, call the Santa Clara Vector Control District at (408) 918-4770 or visit sccgov.org/sites/vector.

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