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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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Local golfers dominate tourney

The junior golf season is in full swing and several players with local ties are on course to have great summers.

Topping the leader board is Michael Jensen, 17. The Los Altos resident won a pair of overall championships at Junior Golf Association of Northern California tournaments held last week.

"I have been hitting the ball really well, but I have not made as many putts as I would have liked," said Jensen, who's entering his senior year at St. Francis High and played on the school's championship golf team. "But I am playing well right now and enjoying it."

The week started with Jensen defending his title at the 68th annual East Bay Junior Golf Championship, which took place June 16 and 17 at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex in Alameda.

Tied with A.J. DiLaura at the end of regulation play -- both posted two-round scores of 136 in the boys 16-17 division-- Jensen went on to win a sudden-death playoff after one hole. Jensen, finishing six-under par after rounds of 69 and 67, is the first player to successfully defend an East Bay Juniors championship, according to tournament officials.

Jensen collected another overall title on Friday at the two-day Green Valley Junior, hosted by the Green Valley Country Club in Suisun. He tallied a two-under-par 142, firing rounds of 72 and 70, to finish two shots better than any other player in the boys 14-17 division.

In between these events, a busy Jensen notched fourth place at the June 18 Palo Alto Junior.

Charlie Sines of Los Altos came away from the East Bay Junior with some hardware as well.

Sines claimed the boys 14-15 division with an even-par score of 142, shooting 71 each day. Sines, 14, prevailed by three strokes over runner-up Jason Alves (Aptos).

"I won the tournament on the first four holes on the second day," said Sines, who will be a sophomore at Los Altos High in the fall. "Most of the others blew up, but I was able to stay focused and shot one-under par on the first nine holes."

Sines also recently qualified for the Independent Insurance Agents Junior Classic State Finals, slated for July 10 and 11 at the DeLaveaga Golf Course in Santa Cruz.

Sines qualified by shooting a 74 May 28 at the Santa Cruz County IIAJ event held at DeLaveaga. Sines was second in his age group (14-15) and sixth overall out of 79 golfers ages 18 and under.

Although he didn't win his division, Alvin Lata also turned in a solid performance at the East Bay Junior.

Lata, entering his junior year at St. Francis, recorded the best round of any golfer during the final day of the tourney with a 66.

The 16-year-old from Pleasanton placed second in the boys 16-17 division with a 137. He shot 71 the first day.

Lata's second-round score has qualified him for the Junior World Championship, set for July 15-18 in San Diego.

Turning from Juniors to the pros, area player James Perkins played an impressive round at a recent event.

The assistant pro at Los Altos Golf & Country Club teamed with Marc Braga of San Jose to place second at the Pro Scotch Championship, a Northern California-Professional Golfers' Association ILT event held June 9 at Oakhurst Country Club in Clayton. The pair combined for a 137; Mark Sherman (Green Valley) and Jeff McMillen (Ukiah Muni) won with a 135.

Perkins' 64 was the low score of the day.

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