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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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Community Briefs

Students' committee needs volunteers

Many graduate students and scholars temporarily at Stanford University bring family members who lack opportunities to practice their English language skills. They are often left without the resources to meet residents of the local communities.

The Community Committee for International Students, a volunteer organization based at Stanford, sponsors an English-in-Action program to address that problem.

The committee needs adult volunteers to dedicate an hour a week conversing in English with International visitors in an informal setting.

The initial meeting will be held at the Bechtel International Center on the Stanford campus. Subsequent meetings can be there or moved off-site depending on the participants.

For information or to volunteer, call 366-1925, 326-5252, or Ruth Bioletti, 941-6125.

'Public Access at Risk'

The local cable program, "AAUW Connections" is presenting "Public Access TV at Risk," an overview of the impending loss of the Access Los Altos television station at Foothill College.

Local volunteers have been producing programs at Foothill since 1985. Campus officials, however, want to use the current space for other needs and will close the station after Dec. 31.

"Public Access TV at Risk" will feature a group of panelists close to the issue, including: former Los Altos Mayor John Moss; Willie Pritchard, dean of learning technologies at Foothill and acting vice chancellor and chief technology officer for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District; Susanne Elwell, public access specialist for Access Los Altos; Vicki Reeder, a local producer; and Cecilia Keehan, moderator.

Programs are scheduled for 8 p.m. today and 6:30 p.m. Friday, on Channel 26.

Fashion show benefits non-profits

"Hearts and Flowers," a fashion show and luncheon presented by the Los Altos Federated Woman's Club, will be held at 11 a.m., Feb. 3, at Michael's at Shoreline restaurant. Donations are $30, with proceeds going to Los Altos Teen Help Center, Morgan Center and Alzheimer's Association.

For tickets and information, call (408) 252-0265 or (408) 737-2788.

E-mail notification at Los Altos library

The Santa Clara County Library recently began sending notices, such as titles of holds and overdue notices, to patrons via e-mail. To sign up for e-mail notification, patrons should obtain a form at the Los Altos Library reference desk and turn it in at the circulation desk. At the Woodland Library, patrons should ask at the circulation desk. Patrons who sign up will no longer receive such notices through the post office.

Service agency needs volunteers

The Community Services Agency needs volunteers to work one to two hours a week to help provide food to local low-income families and to the homeless. Volunteer work would include the pickup and delivery of donated food from local markets to the agency's Food and Nutrition Center. Weekday morning positions are available.

For more information, call 964-4630.

Los Altos History Museum

Travel in time with the History House Museum to the days of the 1930s. Enjoy docent led tours though our fully furnished home, beautiful gardens, and part of the original apricot orchard still cultivated.

The museum is open to the public noon to 4 p.m., Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tour groups may be scheduled by calling at least one month in advance.

For more information, call 964-4467 to reserve a tour.

Daughters workshops

Daughters of the American Revolution hold workshops the first Wednesday of every month. For more information, including the time and place of workshops, call 494-1866.

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