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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 Christian Schools' International Day educates students

Photo Courtesy Of Lacs

Los Altos Christian Schools’ fifth-graders dress in German costumes for International Day festivities.

Squeals of delight and wild applause greeted Los Altos Christian Schools administrators as they launched the annual International Day celebration March 25 by stepping onstage in puffy, white space suits, delivered by NASA engineer and former school parent Steve Ord.

“Please advise the crew of our mission objectives,” said Principal Susan Goff, space helmet in hand.

“Our mission is to test a new satellite. … Our goal today is to set its coordinates and monitor as it selects different countries and cultures to observe,” Vice Principal Evonne Litfin said.

And so began this year’s International Day celebration at LACS, a tradition that has been celebrated for more than 20 years. Each elementary-level class studies a country, then, in representative clothing, shares information on the culture, geography, food, flag, landmarks, history and economy. Countries represented this year included Ireland, China, Norway, Guatemala, Zimbabwe, Israel and Germany.

Languages abounded, as songs were sung in Spanish, Chinese, Norwegian, African, Hebrew and German. Traditional songs included a Norwegian folk song, “Jeg er Saa Glad Hver Julekveld” (second grade); an African praise song, “Yesu Azali Awa” (third grade); a Jewish hymn, “David Melech Yisraeli” (fourth grade); and a German folk song, “Muss ich Denn?” (fifth grade).

Each grade participated, with preschoolers leading the Pledge of Allegiance and marching to the Grand Old Flag, kindergarten prep students singing “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” in Spanish, kindergartners reciting an Irish blessing and first-graders singing “Jesus Loves the Little Children” in Chinese. Juilliard-trained Jenny Suh, a music teacher and former LACS parent, provided the piano accompaniment. Akronos, the middle school handbell choir, also performed.

Third-grade teacher Linda Garton said she selected Zimbabwe for her class to study because it has a large number of AIDS orphans.

“The reason I chose Zimbabwe is because they need prayer,” Garton told her students.

Second-grade teacher Anne-Marie Bevolden chose Norway, where her parents were born and where she spent a number of summers. She wore a bunad, a traditional Norwegian costume, made in Lillehammer.

Country-themed foods such as goat cheese, lefse, Bee Sting, sadza, peanut stew with collard greens, hummus and baklava, potstickers, won tons, corned beef and cabbage, soda bread and potato soup supplied an international flavor to the treats.

Second-grade teacher Virginia Apt said the U.S. is a melting pot, with people from varying countries and cultures, and the purpose of International Day is to give students an opportunity to learn about some of them.

Students responded to questions about what they learned from their international studies.

First-grader Jacob answered, “That the Chinese flag has two colors.” Classmate Christina said she enjoyed “studying different things in China that I didn’t know.” Third-grader Cassie got down to basics: “I liked eating the food afterwards.”

Los Altos Christian Schools, 625 Magdalena Ave., currently serves approximately 280 students, preschool through eighth grade.

For more information, visit www.lacs.com.

Cathy Fitzpatrick-Platt is a Los Altos Christian Schools parent.

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