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News

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


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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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Los Altos Parent Preschool celebrates 60 years


Town Crier File Photo
Los Altos Parent Preschool, a cooperative program founded in 1954, encourages parent participation in every aspect of its curriculum.

 

Los Altos Parent Preschool, a parent participation program under Mountain View-Los Altos Adult Education, is scheduled to celebrate 60 years of educating children with a series of events this year, culminating in a communitywide gathering May 31.

A group of mothers who wanted a different approach to education, one that integrated parents into every aspect of the classroom and could meet the unique needs of families, founded the preschool in 1954.

“From increased enrollment to a new facility in 2011, it’s exciting to see the support of LAPP grow year after year,” said Lara Sandora, board president. “By involving the family, we are able to focus on the whole child, no matter where they are in their developmental phase.”

Parents who participate in the program assist a credentialed teacher approximately once a week and contribute to and share in running the school, from planning the curriculum to fundraising and maintenance.

“Co-op develops a common language between parents and children,” said parent Hera Hong-Lee. “LAPP is more than a preschool – it’s a community of special families.”

History

The founding parents aimed to form a cooperative preschool to serve the growing community. They wanted to share responsibility for administration, maintenance and the school’s program. They formed Los Altos Parent Preschool as a nonprofit corporation to furnish housing, equipment, supplies and a portion of teachers’ and directors’ salaries.

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District agreed to supervise the program and share payment for staff salaries. As part of the district’s Adult Education Department, the preschool became the laboratory for a parent education class. Los Altos United Methodist Church granted the use of its facilities.

In 1998, the high school district leased land to the preschool at the west end of Los Altos High School. Through fundraising and community and member donations, the preschool purchased a portable classroom module and furnished the play yard.

In the summer of 2011, the membership and alumni of the preschool moved the program to its new home on the Covington School campus and began a partnership with the Los Altos School District.

Los Altos Parent Preschool remains part of the high school district’s Adult Education Program. California Adult Education standards and the cooperative preschool philosophy require the preschool’s parents to serve as members and staff assistants.

Upcoming events

Los Altos Parent Preschool encourages students and parents, past and present, to contribute memories of their time at the school. To share, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

An open house for prospective families is scheduled 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the school, 201 Covington Road. Teachers and parents will be present to discuss the program and answer questions. No RSVP is required, and children are welcome. Los Altos Parent Preschool has a 1:3 ratio with three programs for ages ranging from 2.5 to 5. The school year runs from early fall to late spring.

For more information, visit lapp.coop or facebook.com/lappcoop.

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