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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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Wine time at Lake Tahoe

There are two fun wine events coming up at Lake Tahoe.

The Truckee Wine Walk is scheduled noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 3. We have previously attended and tickets are well worth the event-day price of $35, and even a better bargain purchased in advance for $25. The entrance fee buys a glass, five food tickets and the opportunity to taste wines from at least 25 wineries. It is a clever promotion, as the wine can only be consumed inside a merchant’s confines. The idea is that while you drink, you look and hopefully make a purchase. If you dare to take a glass containing wine outside, the friendly bucket police are stationed at every door to relieve you of the wine, which, of course, you can fill up at the next stop. Proceeds benefit projects in the Truckee area.

Apparently a lot of wine is consumed, as organizers offer free cab rides and a designated-driver program. The designated one pays $10 and receives five soft-drink tickets plus food.

The Alpen Wine Festival is scheduled 2-5 p.m. Sept. 6 in the Village at Squaw Valley. This is the 21st annual event, and I have probably attended at least 10. Close to 40 wineries will participate, providing ample opportunities to taste. A Spiegelau wine glass is included in the $40 entrance fee, and there is a silent auction where many bargains are usually available. This function benefits the Jimmie Huega Multiple Sclerosis Fund.

We also attended a Huey Lewis and the News concert on the driving range of the Old Greenwood Golf Course, one of six events the Lake Tahoe Music Festival presented between July 23 and Aug. 8. On the surface you might not think this was a wine event, but, believe me, it was. The doors opened two hours before the concert began, and the wine flowed. Lewis, a youthful-looking middle-aged rocker, does not seem to have lost a beat. By the end of evening, there was a lot of dancing, and I was giving it my best shot. I still might have a few moves left in this old body.

While at Tahoe, we were guests at Blackbird Vineyard’s wine dinner at the Lahontan Golf Club. The unique winery emulates the “Right Bank” wineries of St. Emilion and Pomerol. Merlot and Cabernet Franc are the predominant varietals in Blackbird’s wines. French slang for Merlot is “Little Blackbird,” hence the name.

Blackbird’s three principal wines are Illustration, Paramour and Contrarian, and they likened them to Pétrus, Cheval Blanc and Ausone. This might be a bit of a stretch, but they are very good. The blends are somewhat similar, but the prices are not. These French wines in good years are hundreds of dollars, often more than a thousand. The three Blackbird wines, which sell for $90 each, were served with wild boar, short ribs and a dark chocolate dessert – very good food and very good wines.

Sarah Gott and Aaron Pott combine to make these fine

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