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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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Homestead still getting a handle on its new offense

Homestead High football coach Richard Delgado says it's only a matter of time before his team puts some zing into the double wing.

But so far, the Mustangs' new run-oriented offense has been stuck in low gear.

After getting shutout 35-0 at Aragon in the Sept. 11 season opener, Homestead was overwhelmed by Overfelt 34-14 last Friday night at Fremont High.

Yet Delgado sees some encouraging signs.

"We're kind of feeling our way," said the second-year coach, "but every week we're getting better."

The numbers seem to support his claim. The Mustangs only mustered 150 yards in the opener and failed to reach the end zone. Last week they gained 189 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns.

However, that wasn't nearly enough to keep up with high-powered Overfelt (2-0).

"They're an excellent team," Delgado said. "We tried to keep their offense off the field, but they were too much for us."

The Royals scored on their first three possessions, building a 21-0 lead with eight minutes remaining in the half. Quarterback Gilbert Moisa dissected the Homestead secondary by throwing for two touchdowns and halfback Larry Morris ran for the other.

Homestead, which gained nine yards in the opening quarter, put together its first scoring drive of the season just before halftime. The Mustangs only had to go 25 yards - thanks to a nice punt return by Trumaine Green and a 15-yard personal foul on Overfelt - but a score is a score.

Fullback Ali Beheshti got things rolling by turning a Matt Root screen pass into a 10-yard gain. Four plays later, Root threw his first-ever varsity touchdown - and it wasn't an easy one. The sophomore from Los Altos rolled right, avoided a would-be tackler and fired a 9-yard pass to tight end Paul Popoulias in the back of the end zone.

But the extra point failed, as a low snap threw off kicker Neal Mudgett of Los Altos.

The Royals opened the second half with another score from Morris, who was barely touched on a 17-yard sprint through the heart of the Homestead defense.

But the Mustangs answered back in a hurry, going 77 yards on four plays.

It all started with Los Altos resident Casler Johnston breaking loose for a 47-yard run up the middle. The drive ended on a 29-yard scamper by Jesse Nichols, who snuck into the left corner of the end zone. Jason Carl then plowed across the goal line for two-points, pulling Homestead within 28-14.

Overfelt put the game away late in the third quarter on Moisa's 26-yard scoring pass to an open Tim Luster.

The Homestead defense surrendered 377 yards in all, with a good chunk of that coming through the air.

"We'll be working a lot on pass defense this week," Delgado said.

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