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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


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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A reason to ride: The Bicycle Outfitter hosts Breast Cancer Awareness Ride


Photos courtesy of Bicycle Outfitters
The Bicycle Outfitter’s Trek Breast Cancer Awareness Ride draws more than 200 cyclists annually. Riders often display the names of loved ones affected by the disease.

A horde of cyclists will soon gather in Los Altos to ride for a worthy cause.

The Bicycle Outfitter, located at 963 Fremont Ave., is scheduled to host its sixth annual “Ride for Cause,” the Trek Breast Cancer Awareness Ride, Oct. 12. The fundraising ride benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Cyclists riding the 50-mile route start at 8 a.m., the 25-mile route begins at 9 a.m. and the 10-mile riders leave at 10 a.m.

The Los Altos store is one of approximately 100 Trek Bicycle dealers that host the ride nationwide.

“It’s the biggest event we have all year,” said Dave Prion, the store’s general manager. “It’s for a great cause, and I do get people who will stop me at the grocery store, for instance, and thank me for doing it.”

Prion noted that the local event typically draws 200 or more cyclists and raises approximately $6,000 annually. The store has placed fifth (out of 100) in fund-raising and attendance each year. This year’s riding fee, the bulk of the funds contributed to the cause, is $30 per cyclist.

The Los Altos ride is unique in that it features a 50-mile ride, in addition to the 10- and 25-mile routes typically offered by other participating Trek dealers. Detailed maps of the three routes are available on the store’s website.

Prion said it’s common to see riders display the names of breast cancer survivors and victims on participants’ racing jerseys.

“This is not just about raising money,” he said. “It’s about the camaraderie. … This is about bringing people together.”

The day includes a complimentary lunch provided by Tom’s Depot, a raffle with prizes donated by The Bicycle Outfitters’ vendors and Loyola Corners’ merchants Allied Auto Works and Los Altos Health & Fitness.

To register and for more information, visit bicycleoutfitter.com.

For more information on the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, visit bcrfcure.org.

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