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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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Freestyle students talking eggs take animation film festival honors

Photo Photo Courtesy Of Freestyle Freestyle Academy students Irene Lee and Raime Shah, left, created an animated short film about eggs and their dreams, above. Their film took top honors in the under two-minute category.

Irene Lee and Raime Shah, Freestyle Academy students, recently won the Bay Street Animation Film Festival in the under-two-minute category for their production of a narrative animation about eggs.

Lee and Shah received $500 scholarships and earned $1,000 for the Freestyle Web program.

Their award-winning animation depicts eggs in a carton in a crowded grocery store explaining what they hope to be when they emerge from their shells. One egg wants to be a super-hero chicken, another wants to be the first chicken on the moon and the third wants to become a beautifully painted egg.

“We didn’t want to make a video that was too serious,” Lee said. “To me, animation is cute.”

The original assignment was to create an animation from one of the many narratives the Freestyle students were learning to write. The narratives could be on any topic, Shah said.

The two spent many hours after school working to perfect their project, Lee said.

Shah said that because they both worked so long and hard on their animation they thought, “Why not?” and entered the film in the fall festival for Bay Area students.

Animation executives from Pixar Animation Studios and Ex’Pressions College for Digital Arts judged the entries, separated into two categories based on film length: fewer than and more than two minutes.

Lee estimated there were approximately 100 entries in the fewer-than-two-minutes category.

“It feels nice to win,” Lee said. “It is nice to get recognition for (the film) from someone other than our teachers.”

Lee and Shah, both seniors, said they have benefited from their time at Freestyle. Lee plans to major in design in college. Shah, who said she is interested in majoring in biology, claimed the education gained at Freestyle would help her in the future.

Part of what lured Shah to Freestyle was “how different and innovative of a program it is.”

Freestyle Academy of Communication Arts & Technology, available to Mountain View Los Altos Union High School students, is an alternative half-day instructional model which offers hands on, project-based and personalized learning though writing, digital photography, graphic design, Web production, audio engineering and digital film production.

For more information or to view the film, visit www.freestyle.mvla.net.

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

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