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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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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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Main Street's imagination station : Build It Again with Bricks promotes creativity via LEGOs


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Nicholas Moore, 5, of Los Altos surveys the army of LEGO soldiers on display at Build It Again with Bricks. The store opened its doors last week at 398 Main St.

A new Los Altos business owner is aiming to open up a world of possibilities for children in Los Altos – through LEGOs.

Nicknamed the “LEGO Lady,” Build It Again with Bricks owner Karla Oliveira recently relocated her business from its home on Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park to the former site of Lite for Life at 398 Main St. Her shop – which offers new and used LEGOs for sale in addition to classes, parties and other LEGO-centric services – opened last week. Reached by the Town Crier, Oliveira said she plans to host an official grand opening sometime in February.

Oliveira originally launched the business in Menlo Park last August despite her original intention to set up shop in Los Altos. That opportunity arrived in late November, when the former Lite for Life space became available for lease.

“I just really wanted to open, so I did on Santa Cruz Avenue, but it’s been off-the-charts expensive,” said Oliveira, a Los Altos Hills resident who opened the store after 15 years of offering kid-friendly classes in all things LEGO throughout the Bay Area. “I really wanted a place where I could do a lot more with kids. … One of my biggest focuses is to get girls into LEGOs, too.”

Oliveira noted that her love for LEGOs began nearly 20 years ago, when she started buying various sets for her 3-year-old son because “it was the one thing that he was interested in.”

Soon after, the newfound hobby resulted in Oliveira’s “buying LEGOs like crazy” and turning what began as a hobby into a career by setting up demonstrations and teaching classes in LEGO building at schools and children’s birthday parties throughout the Peninsula.

Oliveira said her move to Los Altos means that she will be able to offer some new services for customers, such as group team-building classes for adults and summer day camps for kids. She added that she will offer drop-off play hours so that children can enjoy hands-on activities throughout the day.

No matter how old the patron, Oliveira said her goal is to make sure that children and adults alike have fun exploring their creative sides.

“It’s anything goes,” she said. “It’s the kids’ imaginations that determine what we do.”

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit facebook.com/builditagainwithbricks.

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