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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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LETTERS OF SEPTEMBER 24, 2003

Spend as little as possible on charter

The Los Altos School District board went through a thorough process last year of inviting the Citizens Advisory Committee for Finance to come up with a six-year fiscal plan which resulted in the recommendation of only running six schools. Then the LASD Board went through another long series of meetings to listen to everyone's views on criteria to use to determine which school to close.

I went to all of those meetings and even tried my hand at trying to create scenarios where each school was closed and the others remained open. It was clear to me from my own exercise that Bullis was the school to close because most of the kids live in the northern parts of the district.

Not being satisfied with the LASD Board decision, the Bullis Charter School folks decided to go against the decision of their elected officials and took advantage of a legal loophole in the law to force the district to open a seventh school.

Running a good school district DOES come down to money. The schools need staff such as teachers, principals, secretaries, custodians, music teachers etc. And it costs to heat and light the buildings.

If there are to be seven schools, then some programs will have to be cut, OR the district will have to close a different school instead to get back down to six.

Since I don't like seeing a small minority of people dictate to the majority of people how many schools should operate, I would like the district to spend as little money on the Charter school as possible.

Anne Westbrook

Los Altos

Renegades opponents

should recall history

In response to your article regarding the expulsion of the Renegades from Foothill College (Town Crier, Sept. 10), I would like to say how typical of the condescending attitude of those who feign support and appreciation of the performing arts when in fact they are nothing more than narrow minded art snobs. Their appreciation and support of the arts are relegated to the more "traditional" genre of classical music. But even this genre had its "renegades."

Igor Stawinsky's "Rite of Spring" caused rioting in the streets of Paris when it was first performed in 1913 because people did not understand the unrelenting driving power of the music. Benny Goodman, who was classically trained, was accused of an assault "of cacophonous sounds" in his time with his "swing" music.

The San Francisco Renegades, a drum and bugle corps, has taken the "traditional" genre of marching and musical performance, folded it and expanded it to a much higher level by incorporating unconventional methods of marching, modern dance and music that runs the spectrum.

Nothing dictates that the art of music be created in a studio or dance be performed on a stage. The stadium is our studio, the football field our stage.

I suggest that in the future when Mr. Seyfert writes an article that he do a little research on his subject and that he be a little more objective by obtaining both sides of the story before submitting the article for print and that his editor insure that he is doing so.

Cassandra Archer

Santa Clara

Drum Corps article

was insulting

I am a member of the Renegades Drum and Bugle Corps, the organization mentioning in the recent article "Band gets boot."

I found the article flippant and insulting. We work very hard at what we do and are well respected within our art community. To be described as a public nuisance is unjustified and uninformed.

It is disheartening that national caliber music group involved in a wholesome activity can not find support in Los Altos. I am also disappointed that your paper treated our organization with such disrespect.

Mike Bertram

San Jose

Ignorance perpetuated

action, article

If you were to ask any of the neighbors of Foothill College if they support the performing arts they would undoubtedly say that they do. I find it horribly ironic and sad then that these same neighbors would go out of their way to evict the San Francisco Renegades from their rehearsal facilities.

I am also disappointed at the ignorance of the Los Altos Town Crier for not even researching the Drum Corps activity before printing it's article.

This is not a high school marching band. Drum Corps is a precision based musical performance unlike any other art form in the world.

The music performed by the Renegades ranges from classical to Jazz and requires a physically demanding and sometimes dangerous maneuvers to attain the high visual and musical impact they are known for.

For all the research the Town Crier did, they might as well have called Cirque du Soleil a "high school gymnastics troop."

The San Francisco Renegades travel once a year to the Drum Corps Associates World Championships where they are the sole representation of this art form from the west coast.

Their promotion of the Drum Corps activity had led to the revival of several Drum Corps organizations throughout the state.

It saddens me that the "not in my backyard" attitude towards the arts persists in California. Rather than educating themselves on the nature of the Drum Corps activity, the neighbors of Foothill College simply took the easy way out and made enough noise of their own just so they could have a couple weekends without anything different affecting their lives.

What the neighbors of Foothill College have done is shameful at best and ignorant at worst.

Had they actually taken the time to learn more about what it was they were protesting, they might have actually opened their minds to something they never new existed. Instead they closed their eyes to something different that they refused to learn anything more about. They will never know what they were missing.

Marlan Smith

Mountain View

'Taste of Village'

was delightful

Congratulations to the restaurants and stores which participated in the first-ever "Taste of Los Altos" event! It was a delightful evening of delicious tastings, fine wines, and running into lots of friends.

I couldn't make it to all the participants but A.G. Ferrari, Satkar, and I Fratelli deserve special praise for their generous tastings.

And Matlby's outdid themselves, seating patrons and serving a wonderful warm spinach and chicken salad.

The price was a bargain - let's do it again next year!

Lani Dorff

Los Altos

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