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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.

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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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OBITUARIES FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 14, 2004

PREUSS, Nellie Riedel,

Nellie was born in Coronado, CA, on November 18, 1903, the second daughter and third child of Peter and Atsje Riedel, who immigrated to America from Friesland, Holland at the turn of the 20th century. Shortly after Nellie's birth, the family moved to Santa Barbara, where her father, Peter, became widely known as a horticulturist, landscape designer and associate of Dr. Francesco Franceschi.

Nellie received her B.A. from the U. of California at Berkeley in 1925. Before returning to Santa Barbara and starting her own family, she taught at The Katherine Burke School in San Francisco. After her children set out on their own, she returned to Northern California, where she lived first in Menlo Park and then in Carmel before moving to the Sequoias.

With the help of her eldest daughter, Mary, Nellie compiled a 252 page bound book in 1984 on Our Dutch Heritage which traced her Dutch family back six generations. Her relatives were presented with a copy as a Christmas gift.

Nellie loved to read, write, garden, sew and play bridge. One of her greatest joys was to visit with her family, who knew her as a good listener, keen observer and loyal friend. Her enthusiasm for the simple gifts of life was contagious to those around her.

Nellie is survived by her four children and their families: Mary Randolph of Menlo Park, CA; Ms Patricia Rinaker of LaJolla, CA; Charles F. Preuss of Atherton, CA; Pamela Ellsworth of Los Altos, CA; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

MANSFIELD, Mary JoAnn,

JoAnn was born in Portland, Oregon on October 19, 1922. She attended the University of Oregon for three years, then transferred to the University of Arizona for her last year. In 1943, she married Edward "Ned" Franklin Mansfield, who became not only her husband but her dearest friend and support system. In 1951, after Ned retired from active duty in the Air Force, JoAnn and Ned moved to Palo Alto, California where they lived and raised their three children for 25 years. In 1968, they moved to their present home in Los Altos.

JoAnn had a bubbling and outgoing personality. She loved engaging people in conversations about their lives and interests. Of greatest importance to her, however, was her family. In August of 2003, JoAnn and Ned celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in Sunriver, Oregon. They enjoyed a full week there with their three children and families: Marrily Doore from Saratoga (and her husband Danny and their two children Malea and Brian); Michael from San Mateo (and his wife Theresa and their three children, Tyson, Danielle and Roxanne) and Stephen from Astoria, Oregon (and his wife Debbie and their two children, Joseph and Jamie). JoAnn's late brother John Supple was also there along with other relatives and friends.

JoAnn worked in and supported the family businesses and was very active in community activities. She served for 11 years as a docent at the Cantor Art Center, she was a member of the Palo Alto Auxiliary to the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and was a member of the Library Associates at Stanford. JoAnn greatly enjoyed the friendships she made as a member of the Garden Club of Palo Alto, her bridge group and her two book groups. She also loved playing tennis, and later in life, golf. She was a member of Foothills Tennis and Swim Club and Menlo Country Club.

A memorial service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church at 1040 Border Road, Los Altos on Saturday, May 1, at 3 PM. A reception will follow at Foothills Tennis and Swim Club at 3351 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Pathways Hospice at 201 San Antonio Circle, Suite 135, Mountain View, CA 95040 or the Gamble Garden Center, 1431 Waverley Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301.

Arrangements under the direction of Spangler Mortuaries.

RAABE, Madelyn,

Friends were invited to attend services on April 8, 2004 at the Los Altos Chapel of Spangler Mortuaries. Interment was on April 9, 2004 at the Rural Cemetery, Stockton, CA

Donations to the Pan Am Pilots Retirement Operation Dignity, 1172 So. Dixie Highway #460, Coral Gables, FL 53146-2918 or the Project Match, Inc, 555 Meridian Ave, Suite C, San Jose, CA 95126 preferred.

SCOTT, Gordon Lester,

His passions included racing, classic automobiles, antique wood boats, water and snow skiing and spending time with his family. One of his greatest joys came from cooking extravagant meals and sharing his gift with others. He especially had a fervor for spicy dishes and has passed that down to his sons.

Gordon met Leleta Hindman at the Palo Alto Ski Club in 1965 and they were married in February 1967. They were blessed with two sons, Brian Lester born April 9, 1970 and Randall Hindman born April 26, 1973.

Gordon worked for Thomas Air Systems in South San Francisco for over 30 years. He was involved with a variety of community organizations including: The Los Altos Educational Foundation, Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church, AYSO Soccer and Scouting with his sons.

His fondness for Lake Tahoe, which began in his high school years, continued into his adult life with summer and winter vacations at the family cabin. The peaceful lake was amongst the family's fondest memories, where they spent time hiking, water skiing and camping. This indeed was Gordon's favorite spot.

Gordon and Laleta have enjoyed the past six years of retirement in Placerville where they are members of the El Dorado Federated Church and where Gordon served as the resident chef for the men's breakfast.

Gordon is survived by his loving wife Laleta of 37 years, sons Brian and Randy, grandsons Jonah and Carter and granddaughter Avery.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Pines Funeral Home, Placerville, CA.

KRANTZ, David O.,

Passionate about Special Education reform, David worked at state and local levels on behalf of

students for over a decade. He published the newsletter Parents Educating Parents (1990-93), the Special Education Observer (1994-2001), and authored Taming the IEP, a handbook for parents (Sopris West). David worked in the test publishing business for nearly thirty years with CTB McGraw-Hill, The Psychological Corporation and CPP, Inc. in Palo Alto.

David was an avid racquetball player and lover of good literature. Fishing, cycling and cooking were among his other great pleasures. His unfailing sense of fairness guided his actions in business as well as his personal life. His integrity, intelligence and wit endeared him to those who knew him.

David had lived in Mountain View since 1987. He is survived by his wife, Jackie, children Katy and Bill, mother Adele and brother Matthew.

Those wishing to attend a memorial celebration are asked to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Memorial contributions may be made to Trout, Unlimited (www.tu.org), 1500 Wilson Blvd, Suite 310, Arlington, VA 22209, or to Stanford University for medical research with check written to Stanford University, #941156365 (on memo line), C/O 1123 Cuesta Drive, Mountain View, CA 94040.

Arrangements under the direction of Spangler Mortuaries.

HOLWAY, Kathleen S.,

Kathleen is survived by her husband of 48 years, Roger B. Holway, Jr. and her two sons John (San Jose, CA) and William (Minneapolis, MN). She was an active member and past president of the Almond School PTA in Los Altos and a library activities volunteer and later worked for 10 years as receptionist for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Urology Dept.

Kathleen will be deeply missed by her family and many dear friends. A private sea scattering service will be held.

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