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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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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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Spiritual Briefs

LAUMC offers Advent activities

Los Altos United Methodist Church has scheduled two activities to celebrate Advent.

• Creekside Christmas: 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday in Creekside Center at the church. Children and parents are invited to make 15 Christmas crafts to take home, participate in music and games, and enjoy treats. A suggested donation of $10 per person or $30 per family covers the cost of materials. Bring an unwrapped gift to donate to a child in need through Hope’s Corner and the Community Services Agency.

• The Longest Night – A Service of Solace: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 in the church’s sanctuary. The church offers a space of peace, reflection and comfort during the holiday season. The service is designed for people who may be feeling sad, tired or stressed, but all are invited to experience an hour of candlelit prayer, meditation, music and a brief message. Child care is available, and refreshments will be served.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is located at 655 Magdalena Ave.

For more information, call 948-1083 or visit laumc.org.

UPC assembles items for Samaritan’s Purse

Jeannie and Jim Waltz of Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos spearhead a project that involves filling shoeboxes with necessities for children in underprivileged countries for distribution via the nonprofit Samaritan’s Purse.

Boxes include items like toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, brushes, washcloths, bars of soap, notebooks, crayons, pencils, colored pencils, pencil sharpeners, ballpoint pens, tissue paper, jump ropes, tennis balls, harmonicas, Slinkys, Lifesavers, T-shirts, socks, flip-flops, scarves, tote bags, baseball caps and bandannas.

To donate, mail checks to Union Presbyterian Church, 858 University Ave., Los Altos 94022. To drop off items, stop by the church office.

For more information, call 948-4361 or visit unionpc.org.

Union Presbyterian offers healing room

Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos offers an InSpirit Praise & Prayer Healing Room once a month. The next healing room is scheduled 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 14 in the sanctuary, 858 University Ave.

Director Laurie Kurgas said the healing room is open to anyone feeling discouraged or battling an illness or injury.

“We will pray with you for healing and for you to draw closer to God,” she said.

For more information, email Kurgas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Meditation group meets at Foothills Congregational

A Weekly Meditation Practice group is scheduled to meet 7-8:15 a.m. Tuesdays at Foothills Congregational Church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

Each session will include the context and instruction in a meditation practice for that week, ample time for practice and opportunities to share with and learn from group participants as they integrate the practice in their daily lives.

Admission is free and open to all, including both new and experienced meditators.

For more information, email Susan Murphy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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