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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

Girl Scout Cookies arrive in Los Altos

With the delivery of Girl Scout Cookies last week, Los Altos and Mountain View Scouts began door-to-door sales Monday and will sell them at stores and other locations beginning Friday.

Local Scouts received nearly 6,500 cases of cookies, a 25 percent increase over last year, and the largest delivery in recent history, according to Gail Wong of Los Altos Service Unit 608 and Carolyn Stratton of Mountain View Service Unit 605. A new cookie this year, the Savannah Smiles lemon wedge, joins the traditional favorites: Samoas, Trefoils, Thin Mints, Tagalongs and Do-Si-Dos.

Sales are scheduled through March 18.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Los Altos Library hosts iTunes session

The Los Altos Library has scheduled Part 7 in its Social Media Series: “iTunes 101,” 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The free program is appropriate for beginners and experienced users.

Attendees will learn how to organize music, play it on a computer or mobile Apple device, search for apps, add and search for music, manage an iTunes account and download podcasts and TV shows. A review of how to search for apps in iTunes for various Apple products is also included. There will be time for questions at the end of the program.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit www.santaclaracountylib.org/losaltos.

Forum examines civic center plan

A community forum on the Los Altos Civic Center Master Plan is scheduled 7-8 p.m. Sunday in the Creekside Center at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

Los Altos resident Duncan MacVicar will explain the condition of the existing community center and the reasons for replacing it. He will review the master plan and moderate a question-and-answer session.

City officials are in the process of determining whether and/or when to place a bond measure on the ballot to fund renovation of the civic center.

For more information, visit www.losaltoscommunitycenter.org.

Lively Foundation hosts benefit for schools

The Lively Foundation has scheduled its annual benefit banquet noon Saturday at Ming’s Restaurant, 1700 Embarcadero Road East, Palo Alto.

The event will feature lunch, party favors, door prizes and a silent auction.

Proceeds from the banquet benefit the foundation’s programming for Bay Area schools. Los Altos’ Loyola School has presented two performances of “The Gold Rush,” Lively’s educational program.

Tickets are $44, with $14 tax deductible.

For more information, visit www.livelyfoundation.org or call 969-4110.

Photo contest celebrates ‘Life in Los Altos’

To mark the 60th anniversary of Los Altos’ incorporation, the Los Altos Library has scheduled “Life in Los Altos,” a photography contest open to children and adults.

Submitted photos must be original work taken in Los Altos.

All photographs will be displayed during the month of March, with the winner determined by public votes.

Categories include grades K-6, grades 7-12 and adults.

Library representatives will award prizes for first place and honorable mention in each category.

Entry forms are available at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road; the Woodland Branch Library, 1975 Grant Road; and online at www.santaclaracountylib.org/losaltos.

Submit hard-copy photos to either library and digital photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit www.santaclaracountylib.org/losaltos.

Keeping brain in shape subject of talk

Dr. Judith London of Los Altos has scheduled a presentation, “How to Keep Your Brain in Tip-Top Shape,” 2-3 p.m. Thursday and Feb. 23 at Avenidas Senior Center, 450 Bryant Ave., Palo Alto.

A licensed psychologist with more than 20 years of experience in treating Alzheimer’s patients, London will discuss how relatives, friends and caregivers of those with advancing Alzheimer’s disease can re-establish a meaningful connection and communicate.

London is author of “Connecting the Dots: Breakthroughs in Communication as Alzheimer’s Advances” (New Harbinger Publications, 2009). She is currently writing her second book, “Support for Caregivers: The Unsung Heroes,” scheduled for release this year.

For more information, visit www.avenidas.org or www.drjudithlondon.com.

Peninsula Symphony performs at luncheon

The South Bay Guild of the Peninsula Symphony has scheduled its Symphony of Blossoms Luncheon 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Michaels at Shoreline, 2690 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

The Peninsula Symphony Quartet – comprising harp, flute, violin and cello – will perform, followed by a drawing to benefit the Music Merit Awards for young students and the Peninsula Symphony’s music programs.

Tickets are $35 per person.

For tickets, make checks payable to “South Bay Guild” and send by Monday to Arlene Dean, 2091 Robinhood Lane, Los Altos 94024. Donations are accepted.

For more information, visit www.peninsulasymphony.org.

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