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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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LAEF reports record fundraising this year

With the school year just halfway completed, Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF) officials report that fundraising has already far surpassed the halfway point to their pledge for the year.

The foundation, a non-profit organization of parent volunteers that raises funds to enrich the Los Altos School District, increased its fundraising target for the current school year by 30 percent, to $2.35 million. Fundraising has passed the $2 million mark, with total donations growing 34 percent over last year. The number of families donating to the fund has also increased significantly.

“Providing the highest-quality public school education is a clear priority for the Los Altos community,” said LAEF President Glenn Goldberg. “This year parents have stepped up in record numbers with the highest donations ever to fund K-8 enrichment programs and smaller class sizes. There’s no doubt that parents are committed to keeping Los Altos one of the top-ranked school districts in the state.”

Goldberg said the additional $540,000 helped keep libraries open, prevented increases in elementary class sizes and maintained the electives in the junior high schools.

Participation in the foundation’s Leadership Circle is also higher than ever, with more than 50 district families to date donating $5,000 or more to help the schools.

The Leadership Circle includes several anonymous donors in addition to Jan and Brent Ahrens, Kristine and Erik Bardman, Roopa Ramaswamy and Sreeram Balakrishnan, So Yong Park and Brian Byun, Jennifer and Brian Carlstrom, Kevin Chatow and Kathy Grundhofer, Jessica and John Clarke, Linda and Alan Cyron, Gaurav and Tara Dhillon, Margie Suozzo and Tom Dillon, Kristen and Douglas Edwards, Sara and Brian Elkin, Rebecca and Rod Fallow, Molly and Scott Forstall, Becky and Mark Fuchs, Amy and Michael Galles, Gail Wong and Mark Goines, Sue and Glenn Goldberg, Wendy and Steve Grant, Dawn and Gary Guthart, Madeline and Andrew Gutow, Kristina and Robert Haeckl, Rae Lee and Karl Hansen, Debby and Jeff Haslem, Lia and Sandy Kandel, Paige and Michael Kaplan, Diane and Joe Kennedy, Isabelle and John Krystynak, Jennifer and David Lin, Karen and Alex Luke, Jennifer and Douglas Mack, Cheryl House and Peter Meyn, Anne and Peter Moran, Alan Pedersen, Alice and Les Poltrack, Heather and Michael Quigley, Jackie and David Radcliffe, Sriram Ramachandran and Meena D’Souza, Mariete and Jeffrey Rothschild, Susan Stark and Jerry Scher, Terry and Gary Spanner, Stacy and Peter Sullivan, Stephanie and Andrew Towell, Adrienne and Neil Tuch, Yoshiko Nishimura and David Vadasz, Lara and John Vastano, Tacy Witter and Jeff Mayer, Polly Tam and Hsien Chung Woo and Daphne Sang and Daniel Wu.

With $350,000 remaining to fulfill the amount the foundation pledged to the Los Altos schools for the 2010-2011 school year, Goldberg said that every donation counts.

For more information or to donate, visit www.laefonline.org.

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