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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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St. Francis stuns St. Ignatius in WCAL playoffs

In a match-up between the second-place team and second-to-last-place team, the St. Francis High boys stunned St. Ignatius in the opening round of the West Catholic Athletic League boys basketball playoffs.

The visiting Lancers not only won – they won big. St. Francis doubled up the Crusaders, 64-32.

Coach Steve Filios said last week's game ranks as perhaps the Lancers' best win of the season. It's the first time his squad has advanced beyond the first round of the league playoffs since 2002.

St. Francis entered the Feb. 12 game with a 2-12 record in the WCAL, while St. Ignatius was 8-6. But the Lancers (14-12 overall) played the Crusaders (17-9) close in two earlier games, losing to them in overtime at home and by five points on the road.

This time, St. Francis took control early and never relinquished it.

Up 14-12 after the first quarter, the Lancers pulled away in the second with an 18-5 run. The lead grew to 46-25 at the end of the third and they capped the game with an 18-7 spurt.

"We missed some layups and putbacks early," Filios said. "Then all of a sudden, we made some shots – including 3s – and got into a rhythm, and we got some second chances."

The Lancers finished with eight 3-pointers. Omar Bourgoub scored 17 points to pace St. Francis. Shawn Grant added 12 points and Carter Lyman eight.

"Omar had a nice game," Filios said. "(The scoring) was really balanced, with a lot of players contributing. People did their jobs well, sharing the ball and rebounding."

St. Francis was scheduled to face top seed Mitty in Friday's semifinals. Win or lose, the Lancers were sure to earn a berth in the Central Coast Section Division II playoffs that began this week.

"We're hoping to get a high seed, which should give us a good shot to get to Foothill (College for the quarterfinals)," Filios said.

Eagles close in on title

A 60-52 victory at Monta Vista Feb. 13 put Los Altos on the verge of winning the SCVAL El Camino Division championship.

The Eagles (9-2 division) needed to beat visiting Wilcox in Friday's regular-season finale to win the title, or at least share it with Lynbrook (9-2).

Los Altos jumped to a 23-12 first-quarter advantage against Monta Vista and led 36-23 at halftime.

"We got off to an excellent start and shared the ball as well as we have all year," Eagles coach James Reilly said. "We had several easy buckets against their press and really played unselfish team ball."

The Matadors rallied in the third quarter, cutting the deficit to 44-39 by the end of it. The Eagles fended them off in the fourth, thanks to a 16-13 run.

"(Monta Vista) made a good second-half run and hit several difficult shots; they deserve credit for coming back to make it a 3-point game at one point," Reilly said. "However, I'm thrilled with the way we kept our composure and executed down the stretch. We hit free throws and took care of the ball in the final minutes."

The Wells brothers led Los Altos (17-8 overall) in scoring, with Spencer contributing 14 points and Sean 12.

Center Derek Halliwell added 10 points in what was "one of his career-best games," Reilly said. "I'm extremely proud of him. He did everything we asked of him and really blossomed out there tonight into an interior force."

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