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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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SFMOMA officials preview Project Los Altos


Jerry Tomanek/Los Altos Rotary Club
SFMOMA’s Janet Bishop and Katie Tamony spoke to the Los Altos Rotary Club on Oct. 17.

With the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s “Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley” slated to open next month, museum representatives visited the Rotary Club of Los Altos Oct. 17 to discuss the exhibition.

While SFMOMA undergoes extensive renovation, the museum has shipped some of its inventory for temporary installation at sites around the Bay Area. “Project Los Altos” runs Nov. 9 through March 2.

SFMOMA’s Janet Bishop, curator of painting and sculpture, and Katie Tamony, director of marketing and communications, previewed the exhibition, which features the artwork of nine contemporary artists, including two with local ties.

Charles Garoian, former art teacher at Los Altos High School and current professor at Pennsylvania State University, is among the participating artists.

A trilogy of videos by Jeremy Blake highlights the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, built by the eccentric Sarah Winchester, who owned the 100 acres that later became Los Altos.

The exhibition also comprises seven new commissions, including a film by director Mike Mills, who interviewed the children of local high-tech workers about their expectations for the future. Graphic artist Jessica Stockholder’s contribution, “Cross Hatch,” is already on display: She used the intersection of State and Fourth streets as her colorful canvas to showcase a geometric abstract painting.

Passerelle Investment Co. funded 20 artist videos to accompany “Project Los Altos.”

SFMOMA is conducting an extensive marketing campaign targeting audio, video, online and print media to publicize the exhibition. The museum’s members’ magazine describing “Project Los Altos” will reach 30,000 households, many are expected to visit the various works on display.

Tamony also spotlighted some of the SFMOMA on the Go exhibitions planned for other cities, including “Flesh and Metal: Body and Machine” at Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center; “Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual” at San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum; 23 pieces of SFMOMA’s Matisse collection at the San Francisco Legion of Honor; and eight monumentally scaled sculptures by Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field in San Francisco.

For more information on “Project Los Altos,” visit sfmoma.org/exhib_events/exhibitions/572.

Marlene Cowan is a member of the Rotary Club of Los Altos.

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