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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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Online Only: Police Blotter

Los Altos helped out the Mountain View Fire Department when it responded to an early morning mobile home fire on Jan. 13.

One unit in the Sahara Mobile Village was destroyed in the blaze, which is still under investigation but did not appear suspicious according to Mountain View Fire Public Information Officer Jaime Garrett.

Mountain View requested a battalion chief from Los Altos for the two-alarm fire. A second battalion chief can coordinate overall safety at the scene of a fire while the first battalion chief serves as incident commander. Garrett said that the close proximity of homes built from flammable materials drove the second alarm.
“Mobile homes, the materials and construction type, they are very, very flammable,” she said. “Anything above a one alarm fire we have to call for mutual aid resources.”

The Santa Clara County Fire department also responded to a passenger vehicle fire on Robleda Road in Los Altos Hills after a car collided with a power pole on Jan. 14.

Fraud and theft
Someone at 40 Main St. reported a fraud in progress, as did folks at Bank of the West and Fiesta Vallarta. Cold reports of theft came in from the 800 block of University Avenue, Andiamo Salon, and Safeway.
Residents on the 900 block of Aura Way reported a residential burglary attempt and on the 2000 block of Farndon Ave. reported a residential burglary.
The 1100 block of Covington Road experienced a bike theft, the 1400 block of Miramonte Ave registered the theft of mail and someone on the 500 block of Deodara Dr reported identity theft.
 
Stolen Vehicles
Residents reported stolen vehicles on the 2000 block of Latham Street and the 1400 block of Cedar Place, and a stolen vehicle was recovered on the 2200 block of Homestead Court.
 
Traffic collisions
Traffic collisions occurred without injury at the intersections of S El Monte and University Avenue, Foothill Expressway and Edith Road and Foothill Expressway and Highway 280. A hit-and-run accident at S Antonio Road and Whitney Street also included no injury. A traffic collision on the 1100 block of Covington Road included one complaint of pain.
 
Mayhem
Officers took report of a coyote running through the area of St. Joseph Avenue and Foothill Expressway last week. They took calls related to disturbing the peace on the 800 block of Fremont Avenue, trespassing at 316 State St., a family disturbance on the 1200 block of Petersen Court and construction noise complaints at 960 San Antonio Road and on the 700 block of Sunshine Drive. The Walgreens on Second ST. reported vandalism.
 
Canine collaboration
Mountain View Police Department’s two-year-old Labrador, Zeus, participated in a “postal interdiction inspection” in December. He was helping out the Santa Clara County Special Enforcement Team, and discovered 250 pounds of marijuana headed out of state. Mountain View police reported that the seizure had a street value of $500,000.
The special enforcement team draws narcotics detectives (and dogs) from agencies throughout the county.
SCCSET is comprised of narcotics detectives from law enforcement agencies throughout Santa Clara County and the task force is primarily charged with investigating narcotics related crimes.

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