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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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Eagles squeak by Spartans, land 6th seed in CCS


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

Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink bumps the ball.

Helped by Thursday’s five-game win at rival Mountain View, the Los Altos High girls volleyball team has secured the sixth seed in the Central Coast Section Division II playoffs. The Eagles (21-14 overall) are scheduled to open against No. 11 Sobrato 7 p.m. today.

“We are very happy with our sixth seed and really looking forward to having one last home game this upcoming Wednesday,” said outside hitter Meghan McDermott. “We play in a very competitive league and CCS division, so we are excited to hopefully do well in the playoffs.”

If Los Altos defeats Sobrato (15-14), it will meet No. 3 Los Gatos in Saturday’s quarterfinals. The Eagles split their two league matches against the Wildcats (21-6), who finished just ahead of them in the SCVAL De Anza Division standings. Los Altos placed fourth (8-6) after beating Mountain View Thursday.

Eagles coach Peter Kim called the win, “One of the best matches I’ve been a part of in my coaching career.” Playing without star setter Hanna Koehler – who is expected back for CCS – Los Altos rallied to victory after losing two of the first three sets.

“What really made a difference was that we fought until those last two points,” said McDermott, whose 17 kills was second only to teammate Carmen Annevelink (season-high 21). “The game was going back and forth and we never gave up fighting hard until the match ended.”

Joyce Christiansen-Salameh, starting in place of Koehler, “played great,” Kim said.

Mountain View, which finished fifth in league (6-8), is the No. 7 seed in CCS Division II. The Spartans (17-16 overall) are slated to host No. 10 Leland (15-15) 7 p.m. today.

At the same time, fifth-seeded St. Francis (19-13) visits No. 12 Woodside (23-9). The Lancers made a quick exit from the West Catholic Athletic League playoffs, falling to Valley Christian in last week’s quarterfinals despite 17 kills from Chloe Lott.

Boys water polo

After losing both games to Mountain View in the round-robin portion of league play, Los Altos beat its rival 11-9 Saturday in the SCVAL De Anza Division championship game.

The Eagles received five goals from Sam Lisbonne, four from Ian McColl and one each from Paul Bergevin and Drew Lytle. Goalie Cameron Putnam recorded 11 saves.

The Spartans, undefeated in league prior to the tournament, trailed Los Altos 4-1 after the opening quarter and never caught up. Connor Rudolph scored three goals to lead Mountain View; Rey Castillo and Randy Kenyon contributed two each.

The teams won’t face one another again this year: Los Altos (16-11 overall) is the third seed in CCS Division I; Mountain View (19-4) is the No. 5 seed in Division II. The Eagles have a first-round bye and will meet either No. 6 Carmel (21-6) or No. 11 Stevenson (15-9) in Saturday’s quarterfinals. Mountain View was scheduled to host No. 12 Pioneer (15-11) Tuesday, after the Town Crier’s press deadline. The winner advances to Saturday’s quarterfinals.

St. Francis (12-15) is the No. 2 seed in Division II and doesn’t play until Saturday’s quarterfinals.

Girls water polo

St. Francis (22-4) has landed the top seed in the CCS Division I playoffs and faces No. 9 Homestead (12-8) or No. 8 Pioneer (16-11) Saturday in the quarterfinals at a time and place to be determined.

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