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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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Kaepa City wins national volleyball title

They make wining look so easy. Despite star player Niki Hartley of St. Francis High nursing a hairline fracture in her right foot, Kaepa City Beach cruised past the competition and had a splendid time doing so at the recent U.S. Junior Olympics volleyball championships.

The girls club team annihilated the Southern California Renegades to claim the national crown in the 18-and-under division June 28 in Dallas.

Kaepa City, which lost to the Renegades earlier this season, defeated the Southern California team 15-9, 15-6, 15-10 in the championship match.

"When they beat us during the season, we took it as an opportunity to make adjustments in our game," said Kaepa City middle blocker Hartley. "We definitely brought it up a notch during the championship game."

The team was guided by Dave Gambelin, girls volleyball coach at St. Francis. Gambelin had the chance to coach three of his Lancers this summer: Hartley, Staci Millichap and Desiree Rook. All three made the all-tournament team, with Hartley winning MVP honors.

The tournament fielded a deep contingent, selecting only the best 32 teams among a talented crop of 3,000.

"Every team was absolutely loaded. They were basically all-star teams," added Gambelin. In essence, the teams were comprised of players in the upper echelons of their respective leagues and sections.

In the initial phases of the tournament, Kaepa City faced a true test after Hartley sustained a foot injury when awkwardly landing on a teammate's foot while attempting a block.

But Hartley returned to action just two days later. Her sheer determination was enough to override her nagging injury.

"There was no way she was going to miss the Junior Olympics. It was really amazing to see her come back and play so well," Gambelin said.

Everything jelled during a 15-13, 4-15, 15-8, 15-11 victory over Sports Performance of Chicago early in the tournament. Sports Performance won the national title a year ago.

Kaepa City then rolled past the Renegades for the title.

The scheduling of the tournament was extremely tough, according to Hartley. However, playing two matches a day was not enough to suppress Kaepa City.

"I think the fact that we played two games a day actually helped us," Hartley said. "While physically, we were tired, having so many back-to-back games kept our competitive spirit and mental toughness alive, which helped us in the end."

The squad trained vigorously as soon as the high school season ended last December. Players took part in weight training, sprints and volleyball-specific exercises.

As for the competition, Kaepa City stepped up to the challenge.

"Whereas in the high school circuit, the season ends at state. Here, not only do we have the best players from each school, but we can go all the way to nationals," added Hartley, who will attend the University of Florida this fall on a volleyball scholarship.

Rook has earned a scholarship as well and is headed to UC-Santa Barbara this fall. Millichap, meanwhile, will be returning to St. Francis for her senior year.

Even though Hartley must wear a protective boot for two more weeks, the injury hasn't taken away from what the squad accomplished this season.

"This was a dream season," Gambelin said.

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