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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


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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20 years and counting : Downtown design and construction firm celebrates anniversary


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Ilona Lindauer, founder and president of IKB, right, started her company after learning how to redesign her own Los Altos home. The company is celebrating 20 years in the construction industry.

It all started with a do-it-yourself home project, a little energy and a lot of learning for IKB founder and president Ilona Lindauer.

Lindauer, a Los Altos resident since 1973, recently recalled the humble start that led her to found her design, construction and interior services company, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary in the business. According to Lindauer, IKB’s roots lie in her desire to renovate parts of her own Los Altos home in the mid-1980s.

“I started this business because I wanted something to keep me busy,” Lindauer said with a chuckle, recalling the steps she originally took to redesign her home. “It was just something I figured I was good at.”

Despite her can-do mindset, Lindauer said she quickly learned that there was much more to redesigning a home than she anticipated. She began taking design classes locally and eventually earned her certification as a kitchen and bath designer. A few years later, the New York native took things a step further, earning her general contractor’s license and founding the Main Street-based IKB.

“I had a tool belt and I hung Sheetrock,” Lindauer said of her company’s modest start. “One thing led to another. … I found that I liked all aspects of the (design and construction) business. I liked building, I liked talking to clients – there’s nothing I didn’t like about it.”

Lindauer, who currently serves as a board member for the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, said the key to her company’s success comes down to a willingness to apply a little elbow grease.

“It’s just hard work. … It’s about meeting with clients and keeping the lines of communication open. It’s about making promises and keeping them,” she said.

She also credited her staff of seven at IKB for the company’s sustained success. IKB has won numerous industry accolades, including a National Association of the Remodeling Industry Award, since the company’s inception.

“I think we have a phenomenal team here,” she said. “They are what makes our company great.”

Lindauer noted that while many things have changed over the 20-year span, one thing hasn’t – her passion for her work.

“I still want to do a good job,” she noted. “I want to put people in functional, beautiful environments that meet their unique needs.”

IKB is located at 346 Main St. For more information, visit ikbinc.com.


IKB celebrates 20 years in business - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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