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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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Panthers hope fast start is sign of things to come

Photo Photos By Elliott Burr/Town Crier

Hailie Eackles is among Pinewoods top returning players.

Pinewood School head coach Cayse Kaveny doesn’t want to get too excited about her volleyball team’s 2-0 start. Yet she can’t help but be encouraged by the Panthers’ performance.

"We haven’t really been tested just yet, but I am happy with the way we have responded when we weren’t playing our best," Kaveny said. "The girls have been able to make adjustments during the game, and that’s huge."

Pinewood didn't face much resistance in its opener, sweeping Liberty Baptist 25-18, 25-21, 25-11 Sept. 8 in Los Altos Hills. The Panthers showed their resolve the next day, however, winning at Capuchino in four games: 25-17, 23-25, 25-15, 25-22.

Kaveny was proud of the way Pinewood shook off a second-game loss to win the next two to take the match.

"So much of volleyball can be played on emotion and momentum," she said. "It is really important that, as a player, you are able to forget your mistakes and move on to the next play. I have found that sometimes that is the hardest thing to teach. I always tell my players that volleyball is a game of mistakes, and the team that makes the least wins. It is OK to make a mistake, even the best players do, but it is really how you respond to that mistake and what you do next that matters."

Junior Hailie Eackles made the biggest statement in the match, notching her first double-double of the season. The athletic outside hitter tallied 18 kills, 10 digs and four aces. Senior Jennifer Jue added 11 digs, while junior Lizzie Fields "was big at the net," Kaveny said, posting two solo blocks and three block assists.

Middle blocker Fields, all-leaguer Eackles and sophomore Michelle Tarlton are the team's top returning players, according to the coach. Pinewood has eight returnees, four of whom started last year.

Of the four players new to the squad, Kaveny said sophomores Kandace Korver and Jen Bodine "have shown the most improvement during the preseason thus far."

Bodine had seven kills against Liberty Baptist, tying Eackles for team-high honors. Senior Jessica Lacy contributed six aces in the match.

Kaveny said the Panthers' strengths include the "commitment to each other and team goals." Those goals include competing for first place in the West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division, in which they finished fourth last year at 6-6. The coach expects Pinewood to contend with defending champion King's Academy, Crystal Springs and possibly Woodside Priory for the title.

To do so, the Panthers must "hold one another accountable for the goals we set early on," Kaveny said. "I want them to support each other and believe in themselves, but a little ball control and a fast offense wouldn't hurt, either."

Ball control is the area in which Pinewood needs the most improvement, according to the coach, but she is convinced her players have the work ethic to get better at it.

"(They have a) willingness to work hard every day in practice and push themselves and each other to get better," said Kaveny, who played volleyball for Mitty High and Florida Atlantic University

It's that mentality that has Kaveny almost giddy about the potential of this team – even if it's early in the season.

"It is my third season at Pinewood, and I am really excited about everything we are doing right now," she said. "I have two great assistants (Kym Le and Carter Youngblood), and a team of girls I know will work hard for the common goal every day.

Pinewood is scheduled to visit Fremont-Sunnyvale 7 p.m. today.

Contact Pete Borello at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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