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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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High school district breaks ground on Measure A construction

Photo Elliott Burr/Town Crier The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees kick off the construction of Measure A-funded solar panels in the Mountain View High School parking lot Nov. 30.

Officials from the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District and Cupertino Electric Inc. gathered at Mountain View High School last week to break ground on the installation of solar canopies.

The 1.25-megawatt photovoltaic systems, scheduled for installation in the Mountain View and Los Altos high school parking lots, are part of a larger modernization program funded by Measure A, a $41.3 million bond that voters approved in June.

“While we are proud of the recognition we receive for our students’ academic performance, we also feel it is important to educate students on sustainability and their role in the larger community,” said Joe White, associate superintendent of business services for the district. “The Cupertino Electric-engineered solar system gives us the unique opportunity to explain the science behind renewable energy projects and gives students an opportunity to experience first-hand the rewards of such an investment.”

The district’s solar project comprises two distinct systems installed on ground-mounted canopies: a 755-kilowatt system on the Mountain View High campus and a 515-kilowatt system on the Los Alto High campus. The canopies will span approximately 95,000 square feet.

Rick Kramer of Kramer Project Development Company Inc. Construction will oversee the installation, which began Nov. 30. The project is being constructed in phases to minimize the impact on student parking at the high school campuses.

Over its 25-year lifetime, the district’s solar equipment is expected to produce 39,302,704-kilowatt hours of electricity, an amount equal to the annual carbon-dioxide emissions from the electricity use of 100 homes. The estimated kilowatt-hours generated are valued at approximately $11.1 million. In addition to energy savings, the district will receive PG&E rebates worth approximately $1.6 million.

 

Other Measure A projects

• In May, the district will begin a swimming pool/weight-room project at the Mountain View High School campus. The six-month project is scheduled for completion around February 2012.

• Next summer, the district plans to install new fire, phone and life-safety systems at the Mountain View and Los Altos High school campuses.

• In the spring of 2012, the district will begin adding classrooms at both schools, the largest project implemented with Measure A funds.

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