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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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Leaders sing praises of unsung volunteers


Clyde Noel/Special to the Town Crier
Pictured from left are honorees: (front row) Lenelle Smith, Pat Ley, Nomi Trapnell; Suzanne Epstein and Bobbie Huston; (back row) David Struthers, Kristen Fuller, David Casas, Rochelle Bochner and Steve Lohr. Not pictured is honoree Allan Epstein. Lohr received special recognition for donating J. Lohr wine to the event for more than 15 years.

Town Crier Report

The Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Volunteer Service Awards Committee honored 10 local residents at its annual luncheon Friday.

The event recognized behind-the-scenes volunteers from both communities. Los Altos resident and longtime volunteer Duncan MacVicar served as keynote speaker, addressing the audience on the importance of giving back.

This year’s honorees and the organizations they serve are as follows:

• Barbara “Bobbie” Huston: Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade for more than 36 years, past Almond School PTA president, co-founder of Los Altos Community Foundation.

• Rochelle Bochner: Co-founder of Sky’s the Limit Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides funds to send at-risk youth to wilderness camps. She’s also on the boards of the Junior League of Palo Alto Mid-Peninsula and the Children’s Health Council in Palo Alto.

• Nomi Trapnell: Los Altos History Museum, American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Newcomers Club.

• Allan and Suzanne Epstein: Friends of the Library of Los Altos. Stanford Parents’ Club, Los Altos Hills Finance Committee, Westwind Community Barn.

• David Casas: Former Los Altos councilman, Community Health Awareness Council Board, Citizen’s Advisory Committee for Finance, Little League, Los Altos Fourth of July picnic chairman.

• Pat Ley: Los Altos Hills Environmental and Design Committee for 13 years, involved in town art exhibitions for 25 years, Los Altos Hills Water Conservation Committee.

• Kristen Fuller: Los Altos History Museum board; founded and organizes annual Train Days event.

• Lenelle Smith: Los Altos Library Endowment board, North County Library Authority Board, Los Altos Library Commission, Friends of the Library of Los Altos chairwoman.

• David Struthers: Los Altos Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, Los Altos Hills Finance Committee chairman, Friends of the Library of Los Altos and Community, Library Commission chairman, math tutor, California Native Plant Society, Hidden Villa.

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