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Cal Water says no E. coli in water; limits boiling advisory area

Cal Water says no E. coli in water; limits boiling advisory area

Cal Water officials said today that preliminary water quality test results were negative for E. coli were negative and "only a single hydrant" in the South El Monte area of Los Altos showed the presence of total coliform. They reduced the "boil your ...

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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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Obituaries

Norman Blank

Norman Blank, a world renowned radiologist in the analysis and interpretation of chest X-rays at Stanford University School of Medicine, died Aug. 22 at his Los Altos Hills home after a two-year battle with cancer. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., he was 73.

Mr. Blank served in the United States infantry during World War II. He graduated magna cum laude from Western Reserve University in Cleveland in 1948, where he also received his medical degree in 1952.

Mr. Blank came to Stanford University School of Medicine as an assistant professor of radiology in 1962, where he later became an associate and full professor.

He was a founding member and past president of the Fleischner Society.

His real passion in medicine was teaching. He received the student-nominated Henry J. Kaiser award for excellence in teaching numerous times and became professor emeritus and accepted the position as Director of Medical School Admissions, both functions which he performed until his death.

Mr. Blank is survived by his wife Donna; five children and spouses, Roberta Blank and Thomas Yocom, Elizabeth Blank and Peter Wilcox, Rebecca Blank and Jerry Anderson, Lowell Blank and Diana Blank, and Jeannette and Rainey Meszaros; five siblings; seven grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services are scheduled at 2 p.m., Oct. 4 at Temple Beth Am in Los Altos Hills.

Shelagh Cann

Shelagh Cann died Sept. 4 at her home in Los Altos Hills after a long battle with emphysema. A native of Calgary, Canada, and 40-year Los Altos resident, she was 71.

Mrs. Cann had been active until recent years as a tennis player at the Fremont Hills Country Club and with her husband in the Los Altos Rotary Club and the Foothills Congregational Church.

Mrs. Cann is survived by her husband, Bruce; two children, Graham Cann of Los Altos Hills and Sandra Kiene; and six grandchildren, Kristina, Evan, Kimberley, Ryan, Gabriel and Grainger.

Private family services were held Sept. 6. A Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, at Foothills Congregational Church in Los Altos.

Marjorie Cochran

Patton Kaub

Marjorie Cochran Patton Kaub, of Sunnyvale, an organist for Foothills Congregational Church in Los Altos for 20 years, died Sept. 14. She was 69.

A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Mrs. Patton Kaub received a master's degree in music from Indiana University in 1951. She married that same year to Rollin Marcum ("Mark") Patton.

Following Mr. Patton's death in 1988, Mrs. Patton Kaub married Karl F. Kaub in 1990.

In addition to her work at Foothills Congregational, Mrs. Patton Kaub played at First Congregational Church in San Jose and was a substitute musician for various churches, schools and music groups in the Bay Area.

Mrs. Patton Kaub is survived by her mother, Margaret Alcorn Cochran of Dunedin, Fla.; her husband, Karl F. Kaub; her children, Sara Patton of Maui, Hawaii; Tom Patton of Carson City, Nev.; Scott Patton of San Francisco; and Nancy Patton of Sunnyvale; and her stepchildren, Lisa Hernacki of Santa Clarita, and Kurt Kaub of Sunnyvale.

A memorial service is set for 1 p.m., Sunday, at the Presbyterian Church of Sunnyvale, 728 W. Fremont Ave., Sunnyvale.

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