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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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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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Letters to the Editor

Participate – for the sake of art

Last weekend, my wife and I enjoyed touring several of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s “Project Los Altos” exhibits.

We found the most interesting part in the back room of 359 State St., exploring the exhibit “Everything Is Perfect.” We talked at length with charming Czech artist Katerina Šedá. She is becoming widely known on both sides of the Atlantic for her installation art – she has done work at the Berlin Biennale, the Tate Modern, the University of Chicago and numerous other sites. She has brought to Los Altos a similar social artwork.

Her exhibit is a web-based framework in the form of a contest that challenges Los Altos residents to write what makes them exceptional.

Everyone is best at something – what is it? She creates a game that may be comfortable for children but can be a challenge for competitive adults. And what a great challenge it is to come up with something humorous and out of the ordinary! (One child claims to have the largest collection of roly-polys.)

Šedá asks us to share that uniqueness with others and complete the project by submitting a listing. The final artwork is created by residents, but only if we participate.

Mike McCusker

Los Altos

Spotlighting another ‘Festival of Lights’

Put down that turkey leg! Stop checking that list! The Lively Foundation’s “Festival of Lights” is here to remind you of the reasons for the season.

Lively’s “Festival of Lights” is a concert featuring songs, dances, theater and storytelling, all related to light in many holidays at the end of the calendar year.

After 15 years of applause from a dedicated following in San Francisco, The Lively Foundation will brighten the mid-Peninsula with the “Festival of Lights” 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church St.

Guest artists include elves, ribbon dancers, a dragon, Jonathan Clark on bass and dancers Julia Canavese, Amity Johnson, Vanessa Nudd and Etta Walton. I am the production’s choreographer and writer.

Forget about searching for parking – there is a lot of free parking around the Masonic Center and its own lot right behind the building – just let your little light shine. The “Festival of Lights” will renew your personal energy source.

Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 over age 65 or under 10.

For tickets and more information, visit livelyfoundation.org

Leslie Friedman Artistic director

The Lively Foundation

Mountain View

‘Master Tech’ offers valuable advice

One of my favorite Town Crier features is “Ask the Master Tech.” Warren McCord’s pragmatic advice is very useful to all drivers. We are indeed fortunate to benefit from his expertise.

I never miss reading his column, and I remind family members to do likewise.

Judy Fimmel

Los Altos Hills

‘Prime Time Dads’ available at Linden Tree Books

Thank you for that wonderful article on Len Filppu’s appearance at Linden Tree Books to discuss his book “Prime Time Dads: 45 Reasons to Embrace Midlife Fatherhood” (“Author touts joys, advantages of ‘prime time’ fatherhood,” Nov. 20).

Our only wish is that you could have mentioned that “Prime Time Dads” is available at our lovely brick-and-mortar independent bookstore!

Los Altos Town Crier readers can buy and order books at Linden Tree rather than going online to help keep a great children’s independent bookstore in Los Altos.

Dee Ellmann

Linden Tree Books

Los Altos

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