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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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LAHS marches toward end of season


Photo By: Shirley Pefley/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Shirley Pefley/Special To The Town Crier

The Los Altos High School Marching Band and Color Guard has scheduled a Fall Finale event 10 a.m. Saturday.

It’s not unusual for neighbors surrounding Los Altos High School to hear the sound of trumpets and drums during predawn hours or watch students marching at an afternoon football game or in the Festival of Lights Parade.

To thank neighbors for their patience and support, the Los Altos High School Marching Band and Color Guard has scheduled its Fall Finale event, a showcase for the community, 10 a.m. Saturday on the Los Altos High football field, 201 Almond Ave.

The band’s fieldshow, “Senses,” has won acclaim and recognition for Best Music, Best Visual Effect and Best General Effect at marching band competitions.

“Senses” features the music of Vaclav Nelhybel and Karl Jenkins. The music and choreography combine to highlight the five senses: sight, smell, sound, touch and taste.

“We picked this theme to get across the message that music can be used to heighten all your senses and inspire your imagination,” said Ted Ferrucci, longtime band director. “The music is extremely complex and demanding, but the students have risen to the challenge of creating an outstanding show. I’m very proud of them and their work ethic. I’ve rarely seen students work as hard as they do in preparing for competitions.

They work as hard as any athletic team, practicing five days a week since early August, to perfect the show.”

Senior Kelcey Negus, who plays the mellophone, said, “Getting up at 6 a.m. for practice is hard work, but I love it because there are 69 other people getting up at the same time. It’s one big family.”

The music is difficult enough to play while sitting down, but add the band’s movements and it can be extremely challenging.

“I’ve marched in the world-class Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, and this show is way more complicated than anything we’ve ever done,” said senior trumpet player Abbey Yacoe.

The musicians march, lean and weave into elaborate shapes while playing music. The color guard dances among the musicians waving flags, throwing rifles and forming a flower with props. The eight-minute musical and visual performance allows the group of individuals to perform as one.

“There’s a lot of camaraderie in marching band,” said drum captain Sean Fox. “We really pull for each other and it’s a lot of fun.”

The marching season culminates with the band’s final performance at the Western Band Association Championships Nov. 17 and 18. The band faces tough competition in its class from 18 other marching bands. Their show last year, “Forbidden,” won the High Music award, outscoring 43 bands from California and Arizona.

The Fall Finale will feature a music marketplace including a silent auction and bake and olive oil sales.

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