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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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JEAN LONGSTRETH WHITE

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Jean Longstreth White died August 9, 2013 in Los Altos, CA. Her kind and generous heart couldn’t sustain her any longer, although it will continue to be an inspiration to family and friends.

She is survived by her daughter, Marilyn Waterman of Houston  TX, her son, Richard White of Los Altos, her granddaughters, Sara Waterman Hicks of San Antonio,TX, Lauren White of Seattle, WA, Katherine White of Oakland, CA, and her grandson, David Waterman of Houston, TX. Her loving husband of 59 years, Lester White preceded her in death in 2001.

Alice Jean Longstreth was born on August 31, 1917 in Richmond, IN. Her musical talents were evident at a young age -- she became an accomplished pianist, cellist and vocalist during her high school years. She attended Miami University and went on to nursing school at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, OH. She was working as an RN in San Antonio, TX in 1941 when her brother, Joseph introduced her to a fellow air cadet at Kelly Field, Lester White. They were married in March of 1942, just a few months before he left for European and North African WWII service. After military service they settled in Miami, FL and started a family. They later moved to rural, eastern OH in 1954 where she dedicated herself to supporting her husband and raising two young children on a working farm, sometimes on her own when her husband was traveling on business. Jean also returned to nursing part-time at the local county nursing home when her children were older.  

Upon retirement, they moved back to the place she really loved, Florida. There she enjoyed playing tennis, swimming and social bridge games with her many friends. In 2007, when her health required it, she relocated to Los Altos to be near family. Her ashes will be buried with her husband and parents in Richmond, IN in a private ceremony at a later date.

Her children feel so blessed to have had such strong and loving parents. Now Mom can rest in the loving arms of God with the spirits of all those who loved her. Her family would like to express their sincerest gratitude for the professional and compassionate care received by Jean from Bridgepoint of Los Altos, Vitas Hospice and the Morningstar caregivers in the final phase of her life.

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