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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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Spartans rally to beat Burlingame in football


Photo By: Courtesy of Pam Lytle
Photo Courtesy Of Pam Lytle

Los Altos High water polo player Paul Bergevin shoots against Homestead last week.

Putting their disappointing football opener behind them, the Mountain View High Spartans rallied to beat Burlingame 30-27 Friday.

Trailing 27-15 midway through the third quarter, visiting Mountain View scored the final 15 points to prevail. After fullback Chad Schaumburg scored on a short run late in the third, the Spartans received two points on a safety early in the fourth and quarterback Will Fischer-Colbrie tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Avery with just more than a minute to play (kick failed).

“Our quarterback came through for us,” coach Toure Carter said. “He’s getting more and more confident.”

The Spartans, shellacked 27-3 at home by Sacred Heart Prep the prior week, are scheduled to host rival Los Altos 7:30 p.m. Friday at Foothill College. It is Mountain View’s homecoming game.

The start of the season went from bad to really bad for Los Altos, as Sacred Heart Prep routed the visiting Eagles 70-0 Saturday. Los Altos, which lost its opener 53-8 to Santa Clara a week earlier, trailed 49-0 at halftime of Saturday’s non-league game.

“We did not execute on either side of the ball and specialty teams continue to have major issues,” coach Rudy Alcala said. “This week we will work on just fundamentals – catching, running, blocking and tackling.”

Boys water polo

Los Altos won a pair of games last week, topping Gunn 13-10 Sept. 11 and routing Homestead 15-7 Thursday. Sam Lisbonne scored seven goals versus Gunn and Ian McColl tallied six against Homestead.

Paced by Michael Magee’s five goals, Mountain View defeated Monta Vista 13-9 Thursday to remain undefeated (6-0).

St. Francis beat Serra 12-8 Sept. 12, helped by Jamie Olson’s five goals, to open the season.

Volleyball

St. Francis split its four matches at last weekend’s Mitty Varsity Tournament. The Lancers opened with wins over Oak Ridge and Dos Pueblos, then fell to host Mitty and Santa Margarita.

Earlier in the week, the Lancers (10-3) defeated Homestead and Menlo-Atherton in non-league play. Chloe Lott led St. Francis with 25 kills and 18 digs against Homestead Thursday; Cassie Wes tallied 13 kills in the Sept. 11 victory over Menlo-Atherton.

Los Altos’ four-game loss at Sacred Heart Prep Thursday evened the Eagles’ record at 4-4. Meghan McDermott notched 13 kills for Los Altos and Michelle Albright added eight.

Girls golf

St. Francis dropped to 0-3 with a 203-209 loss to St. Ignatius Sept. 12 at Shoreline Golf Links. Valerie Wang earned medalist honors by shooting a nine-hole score of 37 for the host Lancers.

Girls tennis

Los Altos claimed the Division 3 championship at the California High School Tennis Classic, held Sept. 7-8 in Fresno.

Host Mountain View edged Gunn 4-3 Sept. 12 behind wins from Vivian Li (No. 1 singles), Polina Gorshenina (No. 2), Sheila Ahi (No. 3) and Megan Joseph-Kaye Yap (No. 1 doubles).

Girls water polo

Mountain View fell 8-6 to Monta Vista Thursday, despite three goals from Emma Frerichs.

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