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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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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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Unsung heroes


Courtesy of Erin Volk
Local firefighters – from left, Capt. Matt James, Matt White, Justin Stockman and John Rizzi – went beyond the call of duty for Mary Jackson.

My grandparents, Al and Mary Jackson, have lived in Los Altos Hills for the past 40 or so years. They love their town and where they live. My grandmother noticed Jan. 4 that my grandfather was not responding from his living-room chair and called 911. The Santa Clara County Fire Department arrived before she could even think twice about what was happening.

While my grandfather was being cared for, one of the firefighters assisted my grandmother, who was overwhelmed by the thought of something happening to the man she had been with for nearly 62 years. In the chaos of going to the hospital, my grandmother left all of her belongings on the porch, including her purse. The first responders were kind enough to give her a ride to Stanford Hospital, because she was clearly in no shape to drive.

Now comes the part that brings our family to tears: A firefighter named Justin Stockman slipped my grandmother $40 in case she needed anything at the hospital. We later learned that Justin and his wife are expecting twins this summer. For a young man with a family to care about my grandmother’s well-being enough to provide her with that money just melts our hearts.

Sadly, my grandfather passed that day. The following Saturday we had neighbors over for appetizers at 3 p.m. to remember my grandpa – he didn’t want a service. Just as neighbors began to arrive, I saw four firefighters walking up the driveway. When Justin introduced himself, I nearly lost it. We had taken $40 and cookies to the firehouse earlier that week while they were off-duty. Without knowing about the gathering, they had come to check on my grandmother because it was their first day back and they had heard that my grandfather didn’t make it.

It was so special that they just happened to show up right at 3 p.m. and then proceeded to offer help with anything she might need in the next few weeks, including moving. I know that my grandmother will always have a connection with Justin and the rest of his crew.

I needed to write to the Town Crier because he did this without expecting any sort of recognition. Even though it may seem like a small act, it really stood out for my grandmother that day. We couldn’t feel more grateful that she had that support.

All of the response team are true heroes to us, and we can’t thank them enough for going above and beyond on the day that we lost the rock of our family. I was able to get a fabulous picture of my grandma with these men, and I know she will cherish it forever. They are our family’s new heroes.

Erin Volk lives in Idaho.

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