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LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics

LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics


The Town Crier chronicled the first election of Los Altos City Council incumbent Jarrett Fishpaw in 2010 and documented the Los Altos candidacy of Jean Mordo, who volunteered as a longtime public servant in Los Altos Hills before moving to the flat...

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Schools

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system


Courtesy of St. Simon Parish School
St. Simon fifth-grader Matthew Cummins uses a laptop in class last week. The school’s cloud-based Schoology system boosts organization and collaboration.

Families at St. Simon Parish School in Los Altos laun...

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Community

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'


Town Crier File Photo
The Los Altos main library is among the more popular branches in the county library district system, set to celebrate 100 years.

In 1914, Babe Ruth made his debut with the Boston Red Sox, wages hit $5 per day, the first ste...

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Sports

Eagles eye another stellar season

Eagles eye another stellar season


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High outside hitter Carmen Annevelink, right, goes for the kill Thursday against Palo Alto, as teammates Sarah Tritschler, left, and Lulu Kishton prepare to play defense. The Eagles won the match in straight ga...

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Comment

Torok, Walter, Dave for MVLA board: Editorial

There’s really nothing major you can criticize about the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District. It offers a diverse array of effective programs for all types of students. Its instructors, with few exceptions, are outstanding.

Howe...

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Special Sections

'Funabout' Fiat

'Funabout' Fiat


Photos courtesy of Fiat
The 2014 Fiat 500e uses 29 kilowatt-hours per 100 miles, which the engineers claim is the equivalent of 116 mpg of gas use. It has a sticker price of $33,095.

If you believe in climate change, would love to see alternat...

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Business

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground


Ted Fagenson

An East Bay app developer is testing his newest creation in downtown Los Altos.

Ted Fagenson, co-founder of Skrownge (pronounced “scrounge”), told the Town Crier that he’s beta testing his mobile gaming app this week ...

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Books

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween


Courtesy of Dee Ellmann
Jenny Hurwick self-published her picture book last month after decades of storytelling.

During her years working as a teacher and a Los Altos mom, Jenny Hurwick loved to tell stories. One tale she crafted for her son just se...

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People

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

July 27, 1953 – August 12, 2014

Native Los Altan died Medford, OR. Graduated Bellarmine Prep. Married Josephine Domino, 1950. Licensed Auto Mechanic, Private Pilot, skilled Computer Scientist. Tim “could fix anything”. Afflicted with cancer 2001. ...

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Travel

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup


Rich Robertson/Special to the Town Crier
The sun sets over the Aegean Sea in Bodrum, Turkey, left.

Tours that whisk you from Istanbul to Bodrum in 11 days are as plentiful as souvenir hawkers in Turkey, but traveling from the Blue Mosque to Topkapi ...

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Stepping Out

'Gypsy' on its way out

'Gypsy' on its way out


Chris Berger/Special to the Town Crier
Alison Koch of Los Altos plays Dainty June in “Gypsy.”

This is the final weekend to catch the Sunnyvale Community Players production of “Gypsy” at the Sunnyvale Theatre. The musical is slated to close Sund...

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Spiritual Life

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Herman Lukwago educates children in Uganda.

Imagine life if your father had 25 children and you were raised in poverty in rural Uganda.

Now imagine that you and your siblings were orphaned at an early age and you ass...

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Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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Town Crier's top 10 sports stories of '97

As local sports go, this was a year to remember. A lot of high school teams and individuals either won Central Coast Section championships or made serious runs at them. And one team surprised us by simply being competitive. The Town Crier's top 10 sports stories of the year appear below:

10) Freshman phenom - Los Altos High tennis player Lena Sherbakov may only be a freshman, but she certainly didn't play like one last fall. The Eagles' No. 1 singles player won 23 straight matches before losing in the quarterfinals of the CCS team championships Nov. 22. She took third in the individual championships later in the month.

9) Making a splash - The St. Francis High girls swim team routed the competition at the CCS finals in June. The Lancers racked up 279 points - a whopping 78 more than runner-up Mitty. Senior Adrienne Mattos accounted for 40 points, breaking a meet record in the 50-meter free style and nearly eclipsing the 200 free record.

8) Size doesn't matter - What the Mountain View High girls volleyball team lacked in height, it made up in heart. The Spartans didn't have great size at the net, but the team still managed to reach the CCS semifinals in November. Jodie Antypas, Melanie Usas and Annie Tepe were the key ingredients on a team that went 27-9.

7) What a kick - The St. Francis girls soccer team upset defending champion Presentation 3-1 to capture the CCS Division II title March 1. The Lancers (18-2) were the only team to beat Presentation all season. St. Francis standouts included Anna Kraus, Sarah Clemm, Jennifer Medina and Jackie Rodriguez.

6) Hill peaks - Los Altos junior Andrew Hill reached new heights in cross country, winning the CCS Division I title Nov. 18 at Crystal Springs. A week earlier, he cruised past the competition at the SCVAL De Anza Division league meet.

5) Air Carey - St. Francis basketball star Senque Carey practically carried the Lancers and earned CCS Player of the Year honors for his efforts. The junior set eight school records, scored more than 20 points per game and led the team to the CCS semifinals.

4) Hitting her mark - Mountain View long jumper Christine Chan didn't let a sore right foot slow her down at the CIF State Track and Field Championships. Chan jumped a personal-best 18 feet, 10 1/2 inches to claim fourth at the June 7 meet in Sacramento. The senior won the CCS title a week earlier at San Jose City College.

3) Wrestling with success - St. Francis wrestler Jason Olmos dominated all challengers last winter, finishing 35-0. The 145-pound senior breezed through the CCS and capped the season by winning the state title March 8 in Stockton.

2) A return to respectability - For the first time in a decade, the Los Altos High football team contended for the league crown. The team wound up tied for second in the SCVAL El Camino Division at 4-1-1, barely missing the playoffs. An administrative error forced the Eagles (4-5-1 overall) to forfeit three early season wins that would have guaranteed them a postseason bid.

1) Killing the competition - The St. Francis volleyball team finished the fall season as the state's top-ranked team, and for good reason. The Lancers went 34-3 and won CCS and state titles in Division II. Senior Niki Hartley was named National Prep Player of the Year by Volleyball Magazine. Desiree Rook, Anna Kleinsorge, Stacy Millichap, Kelly Corbett and Julie Mariani rounded out the all-star lineup.

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