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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

Construction at odds with ‘quaint’ town

"Welcome to Los Altos. The tree-lined streets, lush with green hues in summer and verdant colors in fall, evoke the quaint, village atmosphere of small-town America. Originally an agricultural town with many summer cottages, Los Altos is now an affluent bedroom community with several distinctive features. An upscale community just 40 miles south of San Francisco." (Source: www.losaltos.com.)

"Commercial zones are strictly limited to the downtown district as well as the area and small shopping and office parks lining Foothill and El Camino Real. Excellent schools and proximity to coastal foothills make it one of the area’s premier cities." (Source: Wikipedia.)

This sounds like the perfect place to raise a family. How distant this notion will be with the construction of a three-story, industrial medical center just steps away from many of the "quaint single-family homes" and neighborhood elementary school. Parents will never again feel the ease and comfort of allowing their children to walk a block to school, skate out on their sidewalks, throw a baseball in their front yards, go on a leisurely evening walk with the dog or skip to a friend's house.

Commercial businesses, their owners and employees do not monitor business activity to ensure a quaint atmosphere. As an alternative to the proposed plan, single-family homes on the Pilgrim Haven property would preserve the look and feel of Los Altos as it was meant to be.

Susan E. Keck-Truman

Alan Truman

Los Altos

Pilgrim Haven a ‘valued asset'

We have lived on Yerba Buena Avenue (off Los Altos Avenue) for almost 43 years. Our sons used to walk or ride their bicycles up to the orchards and open space that once bordered Pilgrim Haven. With the passage of time, housing took over the orchards and open space.

Of course, with housing and the passage of time, and as the population of Los Altos has grown, the need for facilities to house and care for our senior citizens (including those with Alzheimer's disease) has also grown. Pilgrim Haven is seeking to address this need.

Pilgrim Haven is doing its very best to accommodate the needs of the surrounding community. It is recognized that during the construction period every effort must be made not to impact the neighborhood. Also, the final structures must conform to the looks of the surrounding neighborhoods. This Pilgrim Haven has done through the Draft Environmental Impact Report.

We believe Pilgrim Haven is a valued asset for Los Altos and that it should be allowed to grow to better serve the community.

Gerard and Mardell Blaufarb

Los Altos

Junior Olympics show ‘Personal Best'

The Los Altos School District hosted its 49th annual Junior Olympics April 25 at Mountain View High School. As co-chairwomen of the event, we are compelled to write to express our sincere gratitude to this wonderful community for pulling together and making it a huge success.

From the beginning stages of planning with our amazing district committee to planning with the staff at Mountain View High School and coordinating with literally hundreds of parent and middle and high school volunteers – and the professionals at LASD who went beyond the call of duty to support the event – we tip our hats to you. And especially to our student athletes, who demonstrated sportsmanship and the finest Olympic spirit, we congratulate you.

This "only in Los Altos" event is truly unique. At times it seems impossible and frustrating, but it is so worth every ounce of stress, sweat and perseverance. We are proud to be part of a community that cares so much for our kids that we continue to do it every year. "Personal Best" is our athletes' motto, the theme of our committee and, we believe, a reflection of Los Altos as a whole.

Beth Levy and Pat Kapp

Co-chairwomen

Junior Olympics 2009

Peace Study courses needed?

It is imperative to have Peace Study courses in our schools and to replace violent sports like football, boxing and wrestling with lifetime sports such as swimming, golf, baseball or social dancing. James Michener's book "Sports in America" is a great reference.

In today's world, Peace Studies should be the No. 1 requirement. All the Ph.D.s in the world will not matter if we do not survive as a species. Someone said you could have a dozen doctorates and still flunk life.

One must do more than pray for peace – one must work for peace. Including Peace Studies and Education for Peace is vital for the survival of humanity.

Virginia Bates

Los Altos

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