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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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Los Altos City Council welcomes new member: New mayor, mayor pro tem named

Photo Elliott Burr/Town Crier Jarrett Fishpaw, 23, is sworn in as the newest – and youngest – member of the Los Altos City Council Nov. 30. His parents, Jerome and Jo Ann, look on.

It was an evening of celebration – of old and new – as the Los Altos community gathered last week to witness history in the making.

Loud cheers and applause filled the Los Altos City Council Chambers as 23-year-old Jarrett Fishpaw, the youngest resident elected to the council, was officially sworn in as a councilman Nov. 30.

Fishpaw and incumbent Councilwoman Val Carpenter won the two open seats on the council in the Nov. 2 election, defeating former mayor Curtis Cole, Nancy Carlson and Matthew Sweeney. Carpenter led with 6,582 votes (31.68 percent), and Fishpaw came in second with 5,865 votes (28.23 percent).

“I have a great deal of appreciation for all the people who helped me and were active in my campaign,” Fishpaw said.

Lauding the accomplished people already on the city council, Fishpaw said he’s delighted to be working with them and looks forward to building productive relationships with city staff members and residents.

Referring to her re-election as the community’s “affirmation of her work,” Carpenter expressed her gratitude and promised to deliver continued service to the community.

Carpenter remains on the council for a second term, and Fishpaw replaces long-term Councilman Lou Becker. After completing an eight-year term (1995-2003), Becker was appointed to serve another four-year term in December 2006 after Councilman Kurt Colehower resigned.

Councilmembers expressed their appreciation to Becker for his commitment to Los Altos.

Recognizing his exemplary leadership and tireless community involvement, Casas presented Becker with a proclamation and declared Nov. 30 “Becker’s Day.”

“No other city on the Peninsula can stand up to the achievements we’ve made,” Becker said.

Councilmembers unanimously elected Ron Packard as mayor and Carpenter as mayor pro tem. The new mayor presented Casas with the customary perpetual medal for outstanding service to Los Altos, and in turn received an incoming mayor’s medal from Casas, who remains on the council.

U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel administered the oath of office to Carpenter, Fishpaw and Packard.

“Something historic has happened tonight in Los Altos,” said Packard, recognizing Fishpaw’s successful campaign, which Packard said Fishpaw won “the old-fashioned way – by talking to people.”

Fences have been mended and people have worked together to accomplish a great deal this year, Packard said.

“It is to our collective benefit to come together,” he said.

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

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