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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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Business Briefs

Legato Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:LGTO) has announced the launch of its customer certification and consultant certification programs. The programs provide both intensive hands-on technical training and on-site knowledge transfer.

"As distributed environments grow more complex, there is an increased need for (information technology) staff and system integrators to have strong skills in implementing and maintaining data protection," said Mark Diamond, director of professional services. "Legato has developed these programs to ensure that the technical staff of both our customers and partners develop and maintain the skills for deploysing Legato products in these environments. This, in turn, results in a higher return on investment for the customer.

For more information visit the Legato Web site at www.legato.com.

Cordingly named BAL president

BAL Associates, Software and Hardware Consulting Services of Los Altos has announced the promotion of Glenn Cordingley to president of the high-tech recruiting company. Cordingly takes responsibility for BAL's East and West Coast operations. Formerly vice president of sales and marketing for BAL, he will continue to oversee the company's sales and marketing functions. He reports to founder and former president, Brahm Levin. Levin retains the title of chief executive officer and will supervise the company's role as a leading supplier of contract and permanent employees to Silicon Valley technology companies.

The transition comes during a period of change for BAL, which was recently purchased by Personnel Group of America, a $600-million North Carolina company specializing in temporary services.

Founded in 1989, BAL specializes in qualifying and placing high-end software and hardware engineers. For more information call 951-6016.

Varian's first product returns, briefly

Blackberry jam is one way Varian Associates is reminding its past and present employees of the fun the founders had when the company was a startup 50 years ago.

The story is that in 1948 finances were tight for the fledgling firm and the founders' spouses helped out. Once, Charlie Litton of Litton Industries gave them a flat of fresh blackberries. Two innovative wives decided to make jam in the empty research and development lab during lunchtime. While stirring the jam pot on the two-burner stove, they were surprised by a visit from a potential customer for a klystron, one of the firm's first products. The customer jokingly referred to the jam as one of Rus Varian's "strange experiments." That Christmas he received a jar of "Varian's first product line" with a note saying the jam was not available for re-order, but he could have as many klystrons as he wanted.

Varian is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a limited production of its blackberry jam. The global company, boasted $1.4 billion in 1997 revenues. It holds more than 10,000 patents.

Business after-hours mixer

Los Altos Sub-Acute & Rehabilitation Center will host the June 3 Los Altos Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Mixer. The event is scheduled from 5:30-7 p.m. at the center, 809 Fremont Ave.

For information, call 948-6238.

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