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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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Letters to the Editor

Memories of Ranger Keith remain

The very first time I went to Redwood Grove in 2002 was very exciting. I got to hold a ball python, tarantula and see the bunny hop around on the floor. It was a very enjoyable time because I loved the animals. When I got to sing "Dirt Made My Lunch," "This Land Is Your Land," "The Bull Frog Song" and "The Banana Slug Song," it was very fun because I also loved to sing. I also enjoyed finding Pyrite in the creek or shooting an arrow at the haystack. But the most memorable thing was camping out under the stars with my friends. I really liked how Keith ran the program. I am not going to Redwood Grove this year because Keith is no longer with the program and the city has changed the program too much. It is sad, because it would have been my sixth year, and it makes me very sad that the city is changing a lot of the camp.

Emma Paige, 10

Los Altos

Decision over principal still stings

Usually, losing a principal at an elementary school is not a big deal. But there is one change dedicated parents, teachers and staff are highly upset over.

This change would be the loss of our interim Almond School principal, Joe McCreary.

If you are wondering what the fuss was all about, it could be because you are not fortunate enough to have a child attending Almond School. If you took the time to walk on the Almond campus and watch McCreary in action, you may begin to grasp the main reason for the uproar.

We will never find out the real reason for McCreary not being chosen as Almond's permanent principal. But the Almond community is being ignored by the administration and the elected officials that we put in office. So far we have yet to hear one valid reason to convince us that their decision was made in the best interests of our children.

There is no other necessary and desirable quality that matters more in a principal than one who genuinely cares about the children. McCreary was also well liked and respected by his staff members and teachers. If the overwhelming support and pleas in the form of letters of recommendation, e-mails and phone calls to the administration during the hiring and selecting process was not the top criterion for retaining our interim principal, we want to hear what truly was.

Don't they get it? The remarkable reputation Almond and the LASD schools are enjoying today is due largely to the incredibly dedicated teachers and committed families who value high-quality education, and, yes, great principals like McCreary. The manner in which the administration handled this decision demonstrates a total disregard for us, the constituents.

Vivi Chan, Dana Bunnett and Bill Bassett

Los Altos

Swim coach's influence far-reaching

I just read your article about Kevin Perry (Town Crier obituary, April 30), and I really enjoyed it. I found it to be the best that I have been able to find about him. Here's some more information about Kevin.

First, Kevin was not a swimmer. He was a standout basketball and baseball player. In fact, there is a famous picture of him at Bellarmine – giving up a home run to Dan Pastorini.

Kevin got into coaching by teaching swim lessons for the Mountain View Recreation Department at Rengstorff pool. By 1981, Kevin was coaching the Los Altos Aquatic Club and Awalt High School's boys team. I swam three years for Kevin at Awalt/Mountain View High School.

What most people didn't know about Kevin was how hard he worked at being an excellent swim coach. It was amazing how astute he was when it came to the business end of running a swim club.

In the late 1980s, Kevin made sure that Mountain View and Los Altos would always have a swim team. He created LAMVAC (Los Altos Mountain View Aquatic Club), which is still around 20 years later.

Kevin had a huge influence on the people who knew him. But he also had an influence on many swimmers he never met. Kevin will be missed.

Ben Murray

Former Mountain View High swim coach

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