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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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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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Los Altos shuts out Lynbrook 30-0; St. Francis falls to Valley Christian

The Los Altos High football team kept its faint playoff hopes alive by blanking Lynbrook 30-0 Friday night.

The visiting Eagles evened their record at 2-2 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and improved to 7-2 overall.

After a scoreless first quarter, Los Altos scored two touchdowns in the second, added a field goal in the third and tallied two more TDs in the fourth.

Receiver Victor Ruiz scored every touchdown, catching passes of 62, 21, 20 and 55 yards from Lambie Lanman. Matt Schroner made three extra points and booted a 33-yard field goal.

Ruiz totaled 208 yards on eight receptions, while Lanman completed 13 of 20 passes for 316 yards. Running back Sean Lanoza rushed for 101 yards on 17 carries.

Los Altos is scheduled to close the regular season 1:30 p.m. Saturday at home against Cupertino.

VC runs over St. Francis

St. Francis struggled to move the ball or stop the run in Friday’s 21-14 loss at Valley Christian.

The Lancers mustered only 106 yards of offense (57 rushing, 49 passing), while the Warriors piled up 296 yards on the ground.

Yet St. Francis trailed just 7-0 midway through the fourth quarter. Valley Christian then added a 31-yard touchdown run from Kirk Johnson (254 yards rushing).

The Lancers answered with a 9-yard scoring pass from Will Fischer-Colbrie to halfback Landon Baty with 2:35 to play, but the Warriors tallied another TD just 23 seconds later.

Baty returned the ensuing kickoff 94 yards for a score and St. Francis recovered the onside kick, but Valley Christian’s defense held strong.

The Lancers dropped to 3-3 in the West Catholic Athletic League and 6-3 overall.

Spartans stymied again

Mountain View scored its first touchdown in three weeks, but it wasn’t nearly enough to beat Milpitas, which won 55-7 Friday.

The visiting Spartans slumped to 1-5 in the SCVAL De Anza Division and 1-8 overall.

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