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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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Default notices and foreclosures down in Santa Clara County

Photo Town Crier File Photo Notices of default in Santa Clara County for the third quarter totaled 2,244, a 44.4 percent decrease from the same quarter last year.

 

Lenders sent out fewer default notices to Santa Clara County homeowners during the third quarter this year compared to the same period last year. Moreover, banks foreclosed on fewer houses and condominiums compared to the third quarter of 2009, according to MDA DataQuick.

The real estate information service reported a total of 2,244 default notices recorded in the county July through September. This number was down 44.4 percent from the third quarter of 2009, when 4,035 notices were recorded. Among the counties in the Bay Area, Santa Clara had the largest drop in notices of default.

Foreclosures in the county also fell from the same time last year. Trustees deeds recorded totaled 1,036 during the third quarter, down 16.2 percent from 1,237 in the third quarter of 2009.

Statewide, a total of 83,261 notices of default were recorded during the 2010 third quarter, up 18.9 percent from 70,051 in the prior quarter, but down 25.5 percent from 111,689 in the third quarter of 2009, according to DataQuick. Foreclosures peaked at 9,511 in the third quarter of 2008.

The report indicates that California’s high-end markets collectively saw mortgage defaults buck the marketwide trend and drop slightly quarter to quarter. The number fell slightly more on a year-over-year basis compared with the overall market. The concentration of defaults remains much higher in the less expensive areas.

“It’s anyone’s guess how the numbers will play out at year end,” said Jeff Bell, president of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors. “Many lenders aren’t keen on loan modifications, yet some have temporarily frozen or partially suspended foreclosures, so uncertainty continues and a full market recovery stalled.”

Foreclosure resales accounted for 35.5 percent of all California resale activity last quarter, down from a revised 35.8 percent the prior quarter, and down from 42.7 percent a year ago. The DataQuick report states that on primary mortgages, California homeowners were a median five months behind on their payments when the lender filed the notice of default. The borrowers owed a median $15,156 in back payments on a median $310,000 mortgage.

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors provided information for this article.

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

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