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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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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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Mountain View boys rout Fremont in soccer

In a triumphant return from injury, Brad Bumgarner led the host Mountain View High boys soccer team to a 7-0 flogging of Fremont. The senior striker scored four goals Friday.

Bumgarner – sidelined for three weeks with an ankle injury – provided a “huge lift for the team,” coach Jim McGuirk said.

Edi Aguilar, Drew Bosset and Drew Mitchner scored the Spartans’ other goals.

“Everyone played great,” said McGuirk, whose team improved to 6-1 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division and 12-2-1 overall.

Mountain View is scheduled to visit Los Gatos (7-0-1 division) 3:30 p.m. today with first place on the line.

Host St. Francis clipped Valley Christian 2-1 Jan. 29 on goals by Alec Prusa and Mitch Cunningham. The Lancers went to 5-2-3 in the West Catholic Athletic League and 6-2-5 overall.

Girls soccer

Los Altos earned a win and a tie last week, boosting its record to 4-1-2 in the SCVAL De Anza Division and 6-3-3 overall.

The host Eagles edged Los Gatos 1-0 Jan. 27 on a late goal by Allie Crum, assisted by Katie Winters. Two days later, Los Altos played visiting Palo Alto to a scoreless tie.

Mountain View also posted a win and a tie last week, putting its record at 3-0-4 in the De Anza Division and 7-2-5 overall.

The visiting Spartans skunked Saratoga 4-0 Jan. 27, getting two goals from Ysabel Baluyot and one each from Morgan Matthews and Erica Higa. Danna Weintraub notched three assists.

Weintraub scored host Mountain View’s lone goal in Friday’s 1-all tie against Homestead.

Pinewood fell 4-2 to Castilleja Thursday, sinking the team’s record to 2-7 in the West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division and 3-14 overall. Nicole Colonna and Olivia Biggs scored for the Panthers on assists from Etelle Stephan.

Pinewood “lacked intensity and focus,” according to coach Michael Tetzlaff, who noted that his squad had only 11 players available.

Behind a pair of second-half goals, St. Francis beat Notre Dame-Belmont 2-0 Saturday.

Annie Kingman recorded a goal and an assist for the Lancers, who improved to 6-3-1 in the West Catholic Athletic League and 11-4 overall. Peyton Cassin scored the other goal.

Boys basketball

Overcoming a rough second quarter, Los Altos rallied to beat Los Gatos 45-37 last week to remain atop the De Anza Division standings. The visiting Eagles, outscored 16-4 in the second period, went on a 17-3 run in the third to take the lead.

Daniel Rosenbaum totaled 14 points for Los Altos; Steven Garverick and Joey Malgesini added 11 each.

The Jan. 29 win pushed the Eagles’ record to 6-0 in league and 14-5 overall.

Mountain View dropped a 45-36 De Anza Division game at Homestead Friday. The Spartans fell to 2-5 in league, 6-13 overall.

St. Francis dropped its fifth consecutive game, 69-48 at Serra Saturday, to slump to 1-8 in the WCAL and 11-8 overall.

Girls basketball

St. Francis won a pair of WCAL games last week: 54-45 at Mitty Jan. 28 and 64-40 over visiting Notre Dame-Belmont Friday. Marisa Mondave scored 11 points in each game for the Lancers (5-3, 13-7).

Mountain View lost 59-44 at Wilcox Friday, outscored 35-18 over the second and third quarters. The Spartans fell to 2-5 in the De Anza Division, 10-8 overall.

Wrestling

Los Altos crushed Homestead 54-20 Thursday, improving to 3-1 in the SCVAL El Camino Division.

Brian Wong (120 pounds), Christopher Villa (126), James Sobrino (145) and Sean Lanoza (152) posted pins for the visiting Eagles.

St. Francis routed Riordan 49-18 Thursday in WCAL action. The Lancers won 10 weight classes, six via pin.

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