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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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Obituary Notices

HAROLYN CROSSMAN

Harolyn Crossman, loving wife, mother, and grandmother suddenly passed away peacefully in her sleep at her Los Altos home on Sunday, January 7th 2007. Harolyn was born in Oshkosh, Nebraska January 31st 1937.

Harolyn was a former American Airlines Stewardess. She is predeceased by her son John Jr. and survived by her husband Jack Crossman, son James of Las Vegas and his wife Dianna, daughter Jennifer Bunge of Winnetka, IL and her husband Jon, brother Richard Stockman of Denver, CO, sister Judy Ward of Hutchinson, KS and five grandchildren whom she loved dearly, Johnny, Jack, Hunter, Nicholas, and Allison.

Services were held Friday, January 12 at Spangler's Mortuary, 399 S San Antonio Road, Los Altos, CA 94022.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Memphis, TN.

HELEN ROBERTA

SWEENEY

Helen Roberta Sweeney passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 8, 2007, at home with her beloved husband Joe at her side tenderly holding her hand. They had been married just a few weeks short of 71 years.

She was one of two daughters of William and Elanor Bubb. Her family is recognized in naming the present-day Bubb School and Bubb Park. The Bubb family pioneered apricot and prune cultivation in the Santa Clara Valley, having crossed the Great Plains from Missouri in 1850. Roberta was active in the Mountain View Historical Society, dedicating her later years to preserving the rich heritage of this area.

Roberta graduated from Mountain View High School and received her Bachelor's degree in Music Education from San Jose State in 1935. She loved her music and played the cello, sang and directed youth choirs, contributing to the musical happiness of many through the years. With nearly equal passion in her later years she enthusiastically supported the San Francisco Giants, much as her mother had years ago.

She was a woman of faith, active in the First Presbyterian Church of Mountain View, the church her family had helped organize over 100 years ago. She provided love and sound counsel to all who came into her life.

Roberta is survived by her husband Joseph, her two sons John and Paul and their spouses Joyce and Guillermina, a close niece Betty and her spouse Jeff, seven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, William George, and by her sister, Frances.

Her ashes will be interred at the Columbarium at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, built on the site of her childhood home. The large old oak tree that stands in front of the church held the rope swing her father hung for quiet blissful afternoons, drinking in the fertile beauty of the Valley. One of her last wishes was that Mountain View and Los Altos not forget their beautiful past years, and that we all maintain this area as the "Valley of Heart's Delight."

ROBERT G. ROGERS

Robert G. Rogers who lived in Los Altos, CA, for the past 44 years, passed away on January 1, 2007. Bob was born on July 16th, 1920 and grew up in Mexico and Texas. He learned to fly an airplane before he could drive a car, and learned to drive in a Ford Model A. He earned a Master's from Cal Tech and a PhD from the University of Texas in Austin in Electrical Engineering, did pioneering work in microwave communications and holds over a dozen patents. His book "Low Phase Noise Microwave Oscillator Design" was published in 1991. Throughout his life his hobbies included ham radio, drawing and painting, gold smithing, and making and flying RC airplanes. Bob raised his family in Ithaca, NY, and Los Altos, CA, and is survived by Mary, his wife of 51 years. Their children are Bob Jr. (wife Jan), Beverly (husband Bob, deceased), Beth (husband Jerome), and Molly (husband Peter). Bob and Mary have four grandchildren-Anna, Liz, Annika, and Tyrone. A memorial service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 1040 Border Road in Los Altos on Saturday, January 27th at 11am, followed by a reception at the church. Bob's family requests that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Santa Clara Girl Scout Council or the Alzheimer's Association.

JACQUELINE (JACKIE) ALICE TERWILLIGE

February 20, 1923 - January 15, 2007

Preceded in death by her husband, Thane Albert Terwilliger (April 2003). Survived by her loving sons Marc A. Terwilliger of Los Altos, Richard A. Terwilliger (Paula) of Venice. Three grandchildren Elizabeth, Jeremy and Daniel.

She will be deeply missed by her family and friends, but is finally back in the perfect embrace of God, who welcomes her home.

ESTELLE L. TURNEY

Born August 28,1910 in South Dakota, died Saturday January 13, 2007 at the Forum in Cupertino, CA. Estelle was the widow of Newton V. Turney. She, Newton and family relocated from Palm Beach, FL to Atherton in 1960 before moving to Los Altos Hills in 1969. The family formerly lived in Dallas, TX and West Port, CT. Estelle is survived by two daughters, Pat Ogle of Los Altos, CA and Dee Gordon of Federal Way, WA, five grandsons, four granddaughter-in-laws and seven great-grandchildren.

Estelle was a graduate from Florida State with a teaching degree in art. She was a very active and long time volunteer in several local charitable service organizations, including the Palo Alto Auxiliary at the Allied Arts supporting the Lucile Packard's Children's Hospital at Stanford, Larabee Auxiliary supporting the Peninsula Children's Council, where she was awarded the Volunteer of the Year, and the Atherton's supporting battered women.

No memorial is planned. The family will celebrate her life at a graveside burial. The family would like donations in her honor to be made to any of the above charities or to your charity of choice.

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