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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.

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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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A shot at history

Photo Elliott Burr/Town Crier Mountain View High forward Emily Andrew, right, fends off a Homestead High defender Friday.

The Mountain View High girls soccer team has a chance to make school history today and even more before the month is over.

The Spartans can capture their first Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division title with a win over sixth-place Palo Alto, scheduled to visit at 3:30 p.m. After today’s league finale, Mountain View can take aim at its first Central Coast Section crown.

“With making the quarters two years ago and the semis last year, we think it’s about time we made the finals, and hopefully win the whole thing,” forward Kirsten Belinsky said. “I think we are capable of doing this if we take every game individually and not get too far ahead of ourselves. We just need to play like we’ve been playing all season.”

The Spartans’ last loss came Jan. 12 against Los Gatos, their only challenger for the league title. Friday’s 2-all tie at Homestead put Mountain View’s record at 7-1-3 in the daunting De Anza Division; Los Gatos is 6-0-5 and hosts fifth-place Gunn today.

“We’re still in the driver’s seat,” said coach Simon Cook, whose Spartans are 14-2-3 overall. “We’ve got a chance to do something we’ve never done – win league – and on Senior Day.”

With only five seniors – far fewer than last year’s second-place squad – Mountain View has exceeded Cook’s expectations. The Spartans have outscored their opponents 48-18 this season.

“The team is doing very well,” Cook said. “We’re playing some really good soccer and scoring lots of goals.”

The Spartans play an attacking style, starting four forwards who are capable scorers. Junior Emily Andrew leads the team with 17 goals, “a phenomenal number,” Cook said. Belinsky is next with 12 goals, followed by fellow seniors Tavi Crum and Elizabeth Browne with nine and three, respectively.

“The four of them have different skills and give us so many striking options,” said Cook, in his third year as coach. “Tavi is strong, Kirsten is a great dribbler, Emily has speed and Elizabeth is a terrific passer.”

So just imagine how opposing teams feel when they line up against Mountain View.

“Teams can’t just focus on shutting down one player,” said Belinsky, whose 10 assists ties Crum for the team lead. “It makes us hard to defend.”

Defenders must account for midfielder Erica Higa as well. The freshman has three goals and two assists.

“She’s played pretty much every minute at center mid, which is a tough position,” Cook said.

Higa and sophomores Emma Donckels (fullback) and Ally Gamble (midfielder) have been integral to the team’s success, according to the coach.

“I thought this would be a rebuilding year after losing so many seniors, but those three newcomers have helped fill the gaps and are a big reason why we’ve done really well,” Cook said.

Donckels plays a key role on a defense that doesn’t surrender goals easily. Goalie Sarah Bennett, a junior, has seven shutouts, which Cooked called “very impressive.” It’s even more so when considering Mountain View often uses four or five attackers.

“Our defense is solid with just three defenders, which allows us to keep more players up the field,” said Belinsky, headed to Brown University.

While the defense has been formidable and the offense potent, Belinsky believes teamwork is the primary reason the Spartans are thriving.

“We have so many talented players that it makes us so much better when we pass the ball around than when any of us try to work alone,” she said.

It’s that sort of attitude that makes this team better than last year’s squad, according to Cook.

“We’re playing far better soccer this year,” the coach said. “We have good soccer players who work well together – there’s a very good team spirit. They work hard and all have a common goal, which is to win every time they step on the field.”

And perhaps make some school history in the process. The CCS playoffs are scheduled to begin Tuesday.

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