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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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‘Suspicious,’ apparently unrelated incidents dot area


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Police sketch from Bubb incident

Three separate incidents in Mountain View, Los Altos Hills and Los Altos had police and school officials on high alert last week.

In Mountain View, police continue to investigate a report that a man lunged at a 9-year-old student at Bubb Elementary School Thursday before fleeing the scene.

According to a police department statement, the man was stretching against a tetherball pole at approximately 8:45 a.m. Thursday. When the student, returning to class from the restroom, came within 6 feet of him, police said, he lunged at her and then ran off.

The man was described as a heavyset white male in his 50s, wearing a navy-blue polo shirt and gray jeans.

“The Mountain View Whisman School District immediately instituted a buddy system for any student who needed to leave class for any reason,” according to the police department statement. “Parents were also notified of the incident. Police officers provided extra presence on campuses as the schools let out early due to a minimum day.”

Attempted kidnapping

in Los Altos Hills

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department classified an incident in Los Altos Hills that occurred at approximately 11:20 a.m. Thursday as an attempted kidnapping. A sheriff’s spokesman said the incident was unrelated to the Bubb episode.

A woman in her early 20s was running near the corner of Hillview Road and Hilltop Drive when a man driving a new Ford F-150 pickup blocked her path, according to Lt. Don Morrissey.

When the woman tried to maneuver around the truck, the driver blocked her again.

When she turned to run the other way, the driver, described as in his 20s or 30s with brown hair and a brown baseball hat, paralleled her slowly. She eventually escaped and called the sheriff’s department from her cellphone.

When sheriff’s deputies arrived in force, the suspect had already fled.

“Be vigilant,” Morrissey said. “If you see something, don’t be afraid to call us.”

Suspicion diffused in Los Altos

Los Altos police officers received reports of a suspicious person lingering outside St. Simon Parish School on Grant Road Thursday. When approached by a school administrator, the suspect fled via bicycle on Foothill Expressway.

Capt. Andy Galea said that after investigation, police believe the suspect was a cyclist waiting for friends.

“It appears at this time that there was no crime,” Galea said.

Mountain View and Los Altos police officers have determined that the Bubb, Los Altos Hills and St. Simon incidents are unrelated.

Local schools react

Los Altos School District Superintendent Jeff Baier last week issued an email to parents to alert them to the incidents and inform them of the precautions school staff plan to take.

Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Superintendent Barry Groves asked families to discuss exercising caution around strangers.

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