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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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Taking a bite out of childhood hunger: Couple launches philanthropic arm of coupons.com


Photo By: ELLIE VAN HOUTTE/TOWN CRIER
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier Los Altos residents Michele and Steven Boal, founders of coupons.com, launched Coupons for Change to help feed hungry children.

 

Los Altos residents Michele and Steven Boal just made it easier for others to join the fight to eliminate childhood hunger nationwide.

In fact, all it takes is the click of a mouse.

The couple, who founded Mountain View-based coupons.com in 1998, Aug. 15 announced the launch of their company’s philanthropic arm, Coupons for Change, and its website, couponsforchange.org.

For every three coupons printed from the website and used by a consumer, one meal will be donated to Feeding America, according to Michele Boal, who serves as chief philanthropic officer for Coupons for Change. Feeding America, a national charity, feeds approximately 14 million children, 3 million of whom are 5 and younger.

Boal told the Town Crier the website seeks to empower those who want to give back but don’t always have the time or resources.

“Everyone wants to give back, but not everyone can,” said Boal, who noted that Coupons for Change offers several of the same brand-name coupons offered on the parent company website. “With this, we’re empowering everyone to give back in a simple way. Nothing is coming out of (the consumer’s) pockets. They get to stretch their dollars and help someone else in the process.”

The organization selected Feeding America, she added, because of its ability to impact those in need of one of life’s most basic necessities – food. According to Feeding America, more than 16 million children in the United States suffered food insecurity in 2010.

A mother of three, Boal said the thought of a child going to bed without food is “enough to make my stomach turn.”

“People sometimes get this idea that (childhood hunger) is hitting only a certain area, when it’s really everywhere,” she said. “Childhood hunger hides from no one. It is truly in all of our neighborhoods and schools. It’s happening all the time and you hear about it more than ever.”

To celebrate its launch, Coupons for Change attempted to set a Guinness World Record by making the largest lunch box – 90 inches long, 80 inches wide and 40 inches high. The giant lunchbox was 10 times the size of a traditional lunch box.

“The lunch box was a very symbolic thing for us,” she said.

Partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, InnVision Shelter Network and the San Francisco 49ers Foundation, the organization stuffed the lunch box with 400 backpacks filled with nutritious lunches. InnVision, which provides housing and support services for local homeless families, distributed the backpacks.

“We want to have the greatest impact we can,” said Boal, who expects to receive notice soon about the organization’s record-setting attempt. “We’re not capping (our goals) at a certain dollar amount. There are a lot of kids to help out there.”

For more information, visit www.couponsforchange.org.

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