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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.

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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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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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Sports on the Side

FIT events Saturday

Focused Individual Training of Los Altos has scheduled three free fundraising events Saturday. The day begins with Fight Gone Bad, 30-minute workouts led by FIT trainers set to start at 8 a.m. A 5k run/walk is slated 9 a.m., as is the Halloween fun run for children 6 and under. Both runs begin in the parking lot at FIT, 600 Fremont Ave. Costumes are encouraged for the fun run. Donations will go to the U.S. Pain Foundation, Buddies In ACTION and Building Strength. For more information, email Rick@focusedtrainers.

Take a hike

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has scheduled its Autumn in the Foothills hike 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, which borders Los Altos and Cupertino. Discover the diversity of the Santa Clara Valley foothills on the 10-mile, 1,600-foot-gain hike through the preserve’s habitats. MROSD docents Fran Keeler and Ranjana Sharma will guide participants through a variety of plant communities, from the canyons to the hilltops, including panoramic views from San Francisco to south San Jose. Arrive early to find parking. For more information, visit openspace.org.

Free volleyball clinics

The Aloha Volleyball Club, directed by Los Altos High girls volleyball coach Peter Kim, has scheduled free clinics Sunday at Wilcox High, 3250 Monroe St., Santa Clara. The volleyball clinics are for girls in middle school (3:30-5 p.m.) and high school (5:30-7:30 p.m.). For more information, visit alohavbc.com.

Pumpkins for sports

The Los Altos High School Pumpkin Patch – benefiting the school’s athletic program – is slated 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekends through Halloween in the student parking lot. A variety of pumpkins are available for purchase. The pumpkin patch is bigger this year, featuring a spooky tunnel walk, a haunted graveyard and snacks.

Call for tennis volunteers

The Mountain View Police Activities League and the Mountain View Recreation Division seek high school volunteers for their NetGain Tennis Program for at-risk middle-school students. The program is set to run 3-5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays starting next week at Rengstorff Park and Crittenden Middle School. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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