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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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Mtn. View grad Pruitt hired to coach Los Altos football team


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It’s a good thing Trevor Pruitt likes challenges, because his new job as head coach of the Los Altos High football team comes with plenty of them.

He takes over a squad that last season went 0-10 and had to forfeit a game due to a lack of players.

But Pruitt – offensive coordinator for rival Mountain View the last two seasons – knows what he’s getting into and welcomes the opportunity to turn the Eagles around.

“I’m excited for the challenge – I’m ready for it,” he said. “I’d rather take on a tough challenge than an easy one.”

Los Altos athletic director Kim Cave, who announced Pruitt’s hiring last week, is confident the 25-year-old is the right man for the job.

“We are thrilled to have Trevor on board as our new head coach,” she said. “His vision and style is just what we need right now.”

Pruitt is the team’s third coach in as many years. Rudy Alcala was not asked back after last season and Bill Waggoner resigned at the end of a 1-9 campaign in 2011.

The Eagles’ last winning season came under Waggoner, who guided them to an 8-1-1 record that included a playoff appearance in 2010.

Pruitt vowed to bring back those winning ways and eventually lead Los Altos from the lower El Camino Division of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League to the upper De Anza Division.

“No matter what, we’ll be competitive,” said the 2005 graduate of Mountain View High. “Patience has never been my strong suit, but I understand where we were last year and where I want us want to be – competing in the De Anza – and I know it won’t be an overnight thing.”

Pruitt has already started assembling a staff to help him accomplish that. Shonte Jiz de Ortega, Mountain View’s defensive coordinator last year, will assume the same role for the Eagles. Both men played football for the Spartans.

“Shonte has the passion and knowledge on defense that can make us successful for years to come,” said Pruitt, who plans to direct the offense. “He’s the fiery defensive coordinator and I’m the calm, cool and collected mad-scientist offensive coordinator.”

Donnie Ecker, Los Altos’ new baseball coach and former standout quarterback, has also agreed to join Pruitt’s staff.

“Donnie’s going to work with the quarterbacks and help with the passing game,” Pruitt said.

Dan Navarro, whom Pruitt played for at Mountain View, gave the young coach his first job in football at age 19. Pruitt served as the frosh-soph squad’s offensive coordinator and special teams coach for three years, assuming the same duties on varsity in 2011 when Toure Carter replaced the retiring Navarro.

Pruitt cited Navarro and Willie Howard – a Los Altos High grad who starred at Stanford University and now coaches high school football in Minnesota – as his mentors. Their work ethic has apparently rubbed off on Pruitt.

“I feel like what separates me from others coaches is preparation,” the Mountain View resident said. “That’s how you separate yourself from the pack.”

Pruitt, who described himself as “a confident coach,” expects to have a long career at Los Altos.

“I coached YMCA basketball at 15 and knew then that I wanted to coach for the rest of my life,” he said. “I’m ready for this job and can’t wait to get started. I’m young and hungry and plan to be here for years to come.”

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