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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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Community Briefs

History Museum hosts Teddy Bear Picnic

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled a Teddy Bear Picnic 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday on the museum’s patio.

Designed for children ages 3 to 12, the event will feature games, a coloring booth, a scavenger hunt and refreshments.

A photographer will be available to take pictures of children and their teddy bears with the original Teddy, Teddy Roosevelt.

Member tickets are $15 adults, $20 children. Nonmember and guest tickets are $20 adults, $25 children.

The Los Altos History Museum is located at 51 S. San Antonio Road. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.

For tickets and more information, drop by the museum or visit www.losaltoshistory.org/events.htm.

LAVA sponsors Friday Movie Nights

The Los Altos Village Association has scheduled outdoor Friday Movie Nights in August on Third and Main streets in downtown Los Altos. Family-friendly movies will be screened at 8:30 p.m.

The area between Second and Third streets will be closed to vehicle traffic at 5 p.m. Moviegoers may begin to set up chairs and blankets at 6 p.m.

Movie Nights will feature bounce houses, face painting, a balloon artist and a snack shack.

The remaining schedule:

• Friday – “Little Giants.”

• Aug. 20 – “Toy Story.”

• Aug. 27 – “Up.”

For more information, visit www.downtownlosaltos.org or call 949-5282.

Local free concerts coming to a close

The Los Altos Recreation Department’s 2010 Summer Concert Series comes to a close with a free performance by The Road Dogs 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at Hillview Soccer Field, 97 Hillview Ave.

IKB, Campi Properties Inc., Baskin-Robbins, Epicurean Group, Sereno Group, the Los Altos Town Crier, Safeway and Vogel & Associates are co-sponsors.

For more information, visit losaltosconcerts.com.

St. Luke’s schedules communion service

St. Luke’s Chapel in the Hills has scheduled its Service of Holy Communion and Healing noon Sunday. An Anglican Episcopal Church, St. Luke’s Chapel is located at 26140 Duval Way, Los Altos Hills.

For more information, call 941-6524 or visit stlukeschapel.org.

History Museum show covers quilting

The Los Altos History Museum’s new exhibition explores the art of quilting. “By Hand: American Women with Needle and Thread” includes samples of quilt styles from the past 150 years.

The exhibition, running through Oct. 31, also features other forms of historical needlework – early samplers, crochet, cross-stitch and needlepoint.

A series of programs accompanies the exhibition, including a presentation by Kay Payne, a docent at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

The history museum, located at 51 S. San Antonio Road, is open noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.

For more information, call 948-9427 or visit www.losaltoshistory.org.

Art galleries open for evening hours

Viewpoints Gallery and Gallery 9 in downtown Los Altos are scheduled to remain open until 8 p.m. Friday.

Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., has exhibited fine art since 1972. The gallery is owned, operated and staffed by 14 artists working in ceramics, oils, watercolors and mixed media.

Gallery 9, 143 Main St., established in Menlo Park in 1970 and relocated to Los Altos in 1973, is owned and staffed by 31 artists who exhibit jewelry, watercolors, oil paintings, photography, mixed media, sculpture, weaving and printmaking.

Both galleries change shows the first day of each month to feature a different gallery member.

For more information on Viewpoints Gallery, visit www.viewpointsgallery.com. For more information on Gallery 9, visit www.gallery9losaltos.com.

Students raise funds for Cambodian schools

SilkRoad, a non-profit organization comprising students from Pinewood School, Los Altos High and other local schools, is selling T-shirts to benefit education in Cambodia.

According to SilkRoad founder Mingbo Gong, a Pinewood student, the group is dedicated to the belief that education is critical for individuals and society.

“We are not only fighting for a better future for the Cambodian children, we are fighting for the responsibility and interdependence of our generation,” Gong said.

Local students have committed to raising $13,000, which would cover the Cambodian government’s public-school registration fee, teachers’ wages and school supplies.

To raise the money, SilkRoad hopes to sell 1,000 T-shirts that have 20 advertisements at $500 each on the back.

Profits support American Assistance for Cambodia. SilkRoad has already raised $1,575, including in-kind support from former Los Altos Mayor Bob Grimm.

Gong said the group’s first T-shirt sale helped the survivors of China’s 2008 earthquake.

In February, members sold 400 T-shirts to help rebuild schools in Haiti.

For more information or to donate, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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