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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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Coping with the challenge of long-distance caregiving

We live in a very mobile society - family members don't always reside in the same town or state. In fact, according to the National Institute on Aging, nearly 7 million Americans are long-distance caregivers, most tending to aging parents who live more than an hour away.

It's only natural that adult children of seniors worry about their aging parents, especially if they are apart during the holidays.

Identifying strategies for long-distance caregiving makes the challenge of caring for aging parents or loved ones more manageable. Following are tips for long-distance caregiving.

• Establish support contacts in your aging parents' community. Make a list of family, friends and neighbors' phone numbers and addresses. Ask if you can check in with them to find out how your loved one is doing. They may also be willing to stop by for regular visits.

• Stay in touch with your parents. Keep in regular contact by phone, letter and e-mail. Record any changes you sense in his or her personality or ability to function day by day.

• Make observations during visits. When you are able to visit your parents, pay attention to changes in grooming, eating or social activities. Look for changes in how they manage money, clean, shop and get around.

• Keep track of important information. Find out where your parents keep important documents such as insurance policies, bank account numbers, investments, living wills and powers of attorney (for legal, financial and health-care purposes). It's also helpful to have a list of physicians your parents are seeing, any hospitals or clinics involved in their medical care and any medications they are taking.

• Look into professional help options. There are several options for aging parents who need additional assistance. Home caregiving agencies provide services such as companionship, meal preparation and light housekeeping to help seniors continue to live independently with the help of a caregiver.

• Identify community resources. Research local area agencies on aging, senior centers, churches, synagogues or other volunteer organizations about available resources for seniors. To locate the area agency on aging, individuals can call Eldercare Locator, a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging, at (800) 677-1116 or visit www.eldercare.gov.

• Involve your parent. Allow your parents to retain as much decision-making ability as possible. Remember that your primary objective is to help your relatives fulfill their needs, not to take over their lives. In some situations, when your loved one is unable to make decisions, you may need to do so on his/her behalf.

• Take time for yourself. Caregiving can take an emotional and physical toll on caregivers, especially when done long-distance. Make sure you are eating right, getting enough rest, exercising regularly and keeping up with your own medical needs.

Gene Lennon is owner of Right at Home, which offers in-home supportive care and personal-care assistance to seniors and disabled adults who want to continue to live independently. Right at Home's national office is based in Omaha, Neb., with franchise offices throughout the United States, including Santa Clara. For more information on Right at Home, visit the company's Web site at www.rightathome.net or the Santa Clara County office at www.santaclara.rightathome.net.

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