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News

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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Pinewood and Los Altos girls soccer teams both one win away from division crowns


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Copriviza

The Pinewood School girls soccer team took a giant step toward making the playoffs with a 5-2 win over host Mercy-Burlingame last week.

The two teams played to a draw a month ago and entered the Feb. 5 match tied for first place in the West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division.

The Panthers, who then routed Mercy-San Francisco 5-1 Thursday, needed only to beat Immaculate Conception Academy Tuesday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline) to finish the league season undefeated.

A first-place finish guarantees Pinewood a Valentine’s Day date against the fourth-place team in the upper WBAL Foothill Division (to be determined), with the winner advancing to the Central Coast Section playoffs. The Panthers last made CCS in 2007.

“We’re unstoppable right now,” co-head coach Mike Tetzlaff said after Thursday’s road victory, which upped Pinewood’s record to 11-0-1 in league, 12-3-2 overall.

The Panthers led both of last week’s games 3-1 at halftime. Pinewood freshman Amrita Mecker, whom Tetzlaff called “a dynamic midfielder,” left the Mercy-Burlingame match in the sixth minute with an injury, “but the team shook it off, adjusted to the bigger field and gusty wind, and just went about its business without being unnerved by the importance of this game for the standings in our division.”

Jordan Berke scored the Panthers’ initial goal, Kelly Branson scored the next three and Nicole Colonna the last one. Freshman Hannah Ditzler gave a “strong performance” in goal, according to Tetzlaff.

In Thursday’s win at Mercy-San Francisco, Pinewood received two goals from Courtney Copriviza and one each from Gretchen Olsen, Maddie Augustine and Leah Hess.

Pinewood is not the lone local team contending for a league title in girls soccer. Los Altos can claim the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division crown by beating host Los Gatos in today’s regular-season finale, scheduled 3:30 p.m.

A month ago, Los Altos (7-2-2) eked out a 1-0 home victory against Los Gatos (8-2-1).

The Eagles (10-3-3 overall) last week followed a 1-0 loss at Homestead Feb. 6 with a 2-0 win over visiting Gunn Friday. Sophia Hyver (header) and Tess Wendelken scored in the victory, assisted by Stephanie Kouvelas and Allie Crum, respectively.

St. Francis, the second seed in the West Catholic Athletic League playoffs, routed No. 7 Sacred Heart Cathedral 4-0 in Saturday’s opening round. The host Lancers (16-2-1 overall) led 3-0 at halftime.

Megan Keeth finished with two goals for St. Francis; Cristina Polini and Sophia Villata tallied one each.

The Lancers were scheduled to face No. 3 Valley Christian in Tuesday’s semifinals (played after the Town Crier’s press deadline). The winner advances to Thursday’s final, set for 5:30 p.m. at St. Francis.

Boys soccer

Mountain View clinched its fourth consecutive SCVAL De Anza Division title – and fifth overall – in “very exciting fashion,” coach Jim McGuirk said.

The host Spartans edged second-place Santa Clara 3-2 Feb. 6, overcoming a 2-1 deficit in the second half. After Guillermo Burger scored his 18th goal of the season to tie the game, sweeper Travis Pinkner scored on a header off a throw-in by Cameron Lesslie with under a minute left.

Lesslie scored the first goal for the Spartans (7-1-2, 13-2-3)

It’s been a tying season for Los Altos, which played Gunn and Homestead to draws last week. The Eagles have five ties, two wins and four losses in De Anza Division play.

After a scoreless game against Homestead Feb. 6, the Eagles tied Gunn 1-all Friday on a goal from Matt Schonher, assisted by Josh Stephens.

Girls basketball

Pinewood held on for a 55-50 win at Menlo Friday to cap round-robin play in the West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division. The Panthers – up 10 to start the fourth quarter – trailed 50-49 with two minutes left but rallied with a 6-0 spurt to close the contest.

Gabi Bade paced Pinewood with 16 points and Marissa Hing scored 13. The Panthers made eight of their 14 3-point shots.

As the second seed in the WBAL playoffs, Pinewood (8-2, 19-5) advances directly to the semifinals, scheduled 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mercy-San Francisco.

St. Francis concluded WCAL round-robin play with a 29-23 win at Presentation Feb. 6. Jennifer Lucian scored 13 points for the Lancers (8-4, 18-6).

St. Francis, the third seed in the WCAL playoffs, was scheduled to host No. 6 Valley Christian Tuesday. The winner moves on to Thursday’s semifinals.

Boys basketball

Mountain View routed visiting Homestead 53-34 Friday in SCVAL De Anza Division action. The Spartans jumped to a 17-9 lead in the first quarter.

Brian Kaestner totaled 20 points and Nick Wang had 15 for Mountain View (6-4, 13-9).

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