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West Nile fogging commences today


Courtesy of the Santa Clara County Vector Control District
Fogging commences Wednesday within the highlighted area.

The detection of West Nile Virus-infected mosquitos means that Santa Clara County officials will begin mosquito fogging operations today in parts of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View and San Jose.

Weather permitting, Santa Clara County Vector Control District staff will begin spraying Zenivex at 11 p.m. today and finish at approximately 4 a.m. Operations could continue into Thursday around 4 a.m.

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Enchanté plaza retains food, beverage service


Photo by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Food and beverage service will resume on the plaza outside Enchanté Boutique Hotel in Los Altos.

The plaza outside Enchanté Boutique Hotel will remain open to the public, with small plates and wine available in the evenings and on weekends.

The Los Altos City Council unanimously voted Aug. 25 to permit public food and beverage service from 4 p.m. to midnight on weekdays and 7 a.m. to midnight on weekends, holidays and for up to six special events per year. The bistro is now open from 4 to 10 p.m. daily, according to hotel owner Abigail Ahrens.

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Residents' concern prompts Moody Road speed study


Photo by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Traffic passes a memorial Los Altos Hills resident Tony Canova erected for his dog, Mona, on Moody Road.

The speed limit on Moody Road may be 30 mph, but vehicles have zoomed up and down the Los Altos Hills artery for as long as Tony Canova can remember.

As traffic volume ballooned and speeders progressed from mere annoyances to menaces, Canova emerged as a passionate advocate for implementing traffic-calming measures within his neighborhood. In June, however, the perpetual battle became personal – a speeding truck traveling along Moody struck and killed Canova’s 9-year-old rottweiler, Mona.

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LAHS freshman seeks tech donations


Courtesy of Terence Lee
Terence Lee, an incoming freshman at Los Altos High, is collecting used laptops to refurbish and donate to Sunday Friends, a nonprofit organization that provides STEM education for low-income students.

An incoming freshman at Los Altos High School has discovered ways to reuse old technology to benefit those in need.

Boy Scout Terence Lee recently launched his Triple “R” Eagle Service Project, teaming up with Sunday Friends to redeploy used laptops to support the nonprofit organization’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program.

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Bacteria in water supply put Los Altos on high alert


Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
In the wake of an E. coli alert, Los Altos resident Lou Dadok stocks up on bottled water at the downtown Safeway.

California Water Service Co. earlier this week enacted emergency response protocol and alerted hundreds of Los Altos customers that their tap water is temporarily unsafe to drink.

Cal Water officials issued a notice July 26 that the company discovered E. coli and total coliform in a portion of the local water supply. The bacteria can make people sick, particularly infants, children, seniors and those with weakened immune systems.

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Drought takes its toll on local golf courses


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos Golf & Country Club enacted water-conservation measures on its golf course to offset drought conditions.

Residents who’ve watched their lawns turn brown during the drought will soon have company on the local links.

Los Altos Golf & Country Club and Shoreline Golf Links in Mountain View recently turned off sprinklers to conserve water in light of statewide mandates and recommendations from the county.

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Q&A with NASA Ames director of science

Before the NASA Ames Research Center Pluto Flyby event July 14, Town Crier reporter Megan Winslow had a few moments to interview Dr. Michael Bicay, director of science for the center, about the historic New Horizons mission.

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