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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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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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MV edges LA in boys hoops


pecial to the Town Crier Mountain View’s Corey Fitz shoots over Pinewood player Kyle Murphy in last week’s game, the season opener for both basketball teams. Pinewood prevailed 31-21. The Panthers and Spartans each took third at a tournament last weekend.

The Mountain View High boys basketball team has found points hard to come by this season, but the Spartans didn’t need many to beat rival Los Altos.

Mountain View edged the Eagles 37-36 Saturday in the third-place game at the Cupertino Tournament. The Spartans – who four games into the season have yet to exceed 40 points – made six shots in the first half, but they were all 3-pointers.

Los Altos coach Bob McFarlane said his squad “came out sluggish” before battling back in the second half behind better defense. The Eagles were in position to make the game-winning shot, but they botched the inbound pass with 1.5 seconds left.

Los Altos, which upset Bellarmine 52-47 Friday behind Joey Malgesini’s 16 points, fell to 1-2. The Spartans improved to 2-2.

Pinewood, which opened the season with a 31-21 home win over Mountain View Dec. 3, finished third in the Redwood Classic last weekend in Booneville.

The Panthers went 3-1 in the tourney, beating Bentley 64-44 in the third-place game behind Greg Naumann’s 26 points.

Girls basketball

Pinewood blasted Homestead 67-15 Thursday in the season-opening Lynbrook Tournament.

The Panthers jumped to a 35-6 lead by halftime and didn’t allow the Mustangs to score more than five points in any quarter.

Leeana Bade scored 13 points for Pinewood; Monique McDevitt and Chloe Eackles added 12 each.

Mountain View opened its season with a 41-36 loss to Lowell Dec. 4 in the Mills Tournament. Jayme Hughes tallied 10 points to pace Mountain View.

Third-quarter troubles doomed St. Francis in a 67-55 season-opening loss at Scotts Valley Dec. 4. The Lancers were outscored 18-9 in the period.

Daisha Abdelkader totaled 14 points for St. Francis and Dagney Duncheon contributed 10.

The Lancers rebounded Saturday, defeating Skyline 48-39 behind Adriana Frazier’s 17 points.

Los Altos secured its first win of the season Thursday, defeating Christopher 51-26 on the road. Rebecca Andrews scored 11 points for the Eagles (1-1); Meghan McDermott and Katie Munro contributed nine each.

Girls soccer

Los Altos split its first two games of the year, following a 3-0 loss to Woodside Dec. 3 with a 9-1 shellacking of Mills Saturday at the Burlingame Tournament.

Freshman Emily Pye tallied three goals and junior Allie Crum scored two.

St. Francis opened its season with a 7-0 rout of Scotts Valley Dec. 4. Annie Kingman and Sophia Villalta each scored twice.

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