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Bacteria in water supply put Los Altos on high alert

Bacteria in water supply put Los Altos on high alert


Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
In the wake of an E. coli alert, Los Altos resident Lou Dadok stocks up on bottled water at the downtown Safeway.

California Water Service Co. earlier this week enacted emergency response protocol and alerted hundreds of L...

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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


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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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ELIZABETH (BETTY) L. KEEGAN

OBIT ElizabethKeegan

Keegan, Elizabeth “Betty” Louise: Born December 9, 1924 in San Francisco to Rose Marie and John Edward McInerney, Betty died peacefully on August 7, 2013 in Saratoga.

She was preceded in death by her husband of almost 50 years, Richard “Dick” W. Keegan. A long time Los Altos resident, Betty and Dick moved to the Peninsula in 1953 from their beloved San Francisco, to raise their children in the sunshine.

Betty attended Jefferson Grammar School and Lowell High School in San Francisco. She was both a “hand” model and clothes model, and also worked for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company as a bookkeeper. She met Dick Keegan at a church social of the Basilican Club at St. Anne of the Sunset Catholic Church, where they were later married in May 1949.

She is survived by her three loving children, Bill Keegan (Cathy) of Orangevale, CA, Janet Black (Larry) of Lafayette, CA, and Lynda Duffy (Dean) of Los Gatos, CA, and seven adoring grandchildren. Betty is also survived by her devoted brother Jack McInerney, his wife Dolores, also previously of San Francisco, and their six children.

Betty loved her Irish heritage, her faith, butterflies, knitting and sewing, dogs, hamburgers, Sees candy with nuts and chews, and bourbon on the rocks. She and Dick maintained lifelong friendships with many of their friends from San Francisco and enjoyed dancing, playing bridge, and traveling together.

A vigil/rosary was held at the Los Altos Chapel of Spangler Mortuaries on Tuesday evening, August 13th. The following morning, a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Nicholas Catholic Church also in Los Altos where Dick and Betty worshipped for many years. Graveside services were conducted at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, or the charity of your choice.

The family would like to thank all those who attended the services and have offered their condolences. Betty’s kind and gentle spirit will long be remembered by those she came in contact with. She is now in God’s loving care where we know “all is well”.

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