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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 sweep Santa Clara


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

Los Altos High senior Nathan Vieira drives in traffic Friday.

In extending their winning streaks Friday night, the Los Altos High boys and girls basketball teams indicated that they won’t be an easy out in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division.

Succeeding with a fundamentals-over-flair approach, the visiting Eagles remained atop their respective divisions by beating Santa Clara squads boasting better overall records. The girls shook off a sluggish start to beat the Bruins 41-34 – Los Altos’ seventh straight win – and the boys followed with a hard-fought 55-50 victory, their fourth in a row.

While the outcomes surely caught the attention of teams around the league, the Eagles’ coaches – tempering their enthusiasm – acknowledged it’s too early in the season to talk titles.

“We’re taking it one game at a time,” said Kevin Lee, whose girls improved to 3-0 in league and 10-5 overall. “We have goals that we’re working on as a team, and we have high expectations, but we’re still a growing basketball team.”

Boys coach Bob McFarlane, whose squad went to 3-0 in league and 8-6 overall, was cautiously optimistic as well.

“I feel good, but league’s a long road,” he said. “Going into the season, Santa Clara and Fremont were the league favorites, I would say, and we’re just hoping to keep up with those guys.”

In Friday’s game, Santa Clara had to play catch up. The Eagles raced out to a 12-0 lead that included 3-pointers from Joey Malgesini and Daniel Rosenbaum. But the Bruins (1-3, 12-4) bounced back by scoring the next 12 points to tie the game by the end of the first quarter.

After a back-and-forth second quarter that ended in a 24-all tie, Los Altos began to pull away in the third. The Eagles scored the first nine points, starting with Malgesini’s top-of-the-key 3. The junior scored five of his game-high 14 points in the period.

Santa Clara closed the gap to 39-36 before Los Altos guard Nathan Vieira dropped in a pair of free throws in the final minute to end the scoring in the third. The senior tallied eight of his 11 points in the quarter.

The Eagles opened the fourth with back-to-back buckets – on a Steven Garverick pull-up jumper and a Malgesini drive – to go ahead 45-36. With 3:35 remaining, Conrad Rogers’ baseline drive pushed the lead to 51-40.

The Bruins wouldn’t go away, however. They scored the next 10 points, with Cole Lockwood’s trey cutting the deficit to 51-50 with 23 seconds left.

After Malgesini made a pair of clutch free throws, Santa Clara sharpshooter Ronaq Virdi misfired on a 3-point attempt – thanks in part to defender Johnny Chen.

“The guy didn’t have a clean look because Johnny was right on him,” McFarlane said. “Johnny played phenomenal defense tonight, and I think he was the difference maker in this game.”

Defense proved just as crucial to the Los Altos girls, who limited Santa Clara to single-digit points in all but the fourth quarter of Friday’s contest.

“We focus on defense first,” said Lee, whose Eagles haven’t allowed an opponent more than 38 points during their winning streak. “I’ve told them for a long time that defense and rebounding wins basketball games.”

The Eagles held the Bruins to 26.7 percent shooting and forced them into 15 turnovers. Two days earlier, rival Mountain View shot just 25 percent against Los Altos, which prevailed 41-37.

A month earlier, the Spartans routed the Eagles by 23 points in the final of the Los Altos Holiday Classic.

“Several games after that tournament, they started to gel,” Lee said. “We’ve been working on some of our weaknesses and trying to turn those into strengths. We’re doing a better job taking care of the basketball, rebounding and boxing out – some of the basic fundamentals of basketball.”

Those fundamentals helped the Eagles overcome their scoring struggles early in Friday’s game. Los Altos trailed 8-3 after one quarter, missing all nine of its shots from the field.

The Eagles rallied in the second, outscoring Santa Clara 15-6 to lead by four at halftime. Freshman forward Meg Enthoven scored eight of her 14 points in the quarter, the last two by using a pump fake to drive the baseline.

“Meg’s got a lot of potential,” Lee said. “We have her focus on just rebounding the basketball, and we tell her, ‘Anything else we get from you is icing on the cake’ – and she always gives us a lot of icing.”

Los Altos’ lead ballooned to 30-17 in the third on a jumper by guard Ideen Seyed with 2:10 remaining. The senior scored 10 of her game-high 17 points in the period.

Santa Clara (3-1, 11-5) roared back, though, scoring 13 of the next 15 points. Samantha Rudd’s 3-point play cut the Eagles’ advantage to 32-30 with 5:18 to play.

Enthoven answered by banking in a midrange jumper, but the Bruins countered with a trey from Almira Ferrer to make it a one-point game with 3:11 to go.

That’s as close as Santa Clara would get. The Bruins missed their next seven shots, while Los Altos drained seven out of eight free throws to pull away. Freshman guard Katie Munro sank the first three foul shots, putting the Eagles up 37-33 with 1:02 left.

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