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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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Los Altos High School hosts Writers Week


Photo By: Town Crier File Photo
Photo Town Crier File Photo

During a previous Los Altos High School Writers Week, poet Joshua Blake Edwards discusses his craft with English students.

Los Altos High School students have an opportunity to interface with a lineup of professional writers, poets and journalists during the 28th annual Writers Week Monday through March 7.

The writers bring diversity in themes and genres. In addition to returning participants, first-timers will contribute their insights during the school’s yearly tradition of engaging all English students with noted writers from all walks of life.

The authors of fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, short stories, scripts, songs and blogs will meet with students and share their stories, their paths to becoming writers and the details of their writing processes.

Each Writers Week features an evening event open to the community. “An Evening of Pure Poetry” is scheduled 7 p.m. March 7 in Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave. Four Bay Area poets who represent a broad range of poetic forms and styles will read from their work and discuss the art of poetry. Featured speakers include Mario Chard, a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University; Paul Flores, a published playwright and nationally prominent spoken-word performer; Amy Glynn Greacen, whose poems have merited extensive publication and won many major awards; and Chinaka Hodge, an up-and-coming young poet who hails from Oakland.

The week’s events open with Los Altos High’s annual Poetry Performance Competition (“Slam”) 7 p.m. Friday in Eagle Theater. The event is open to the public. Admission is $3.

Writers Week is the only high school program in the country that annually invites more than 25 authors to address the students in every English class.

Two Stanford University writing programs, Stegner Fellows (poetry and prose) and Knight Fellows (journalism) collaborate with Los Altos High to facilitate the week. The Tracey Cullinan Memorial Fund helped establish Writers Week. Los Altos High parents, committed to the concept that learning is reinforced, enhanced and inspired by visiting writers, now fund Writers Week.

Past visiting authors have included Gail Tsukiyama, “The Street of a Thousand Blossoms”; Daniel Handler, “Adverbs”; Khaled Hosseini, “The Kite Runner”; Daniel Alarcon, “Lost City Radio”; Wallace Stegner; and Amy Tan.

“Writers Week began the Los Altos High tradition, which now includes Science and Tech Week and History Week, that creates a powerful connection between the classroom and the professional lives students will one day lead,” said Galen Rosenberg, English teacher and Writers Week Committee member. “Writers Week makes the learning in the classroom even more real for our students, and is a great opportunity for the whole community to participate in an LAHS event.”

For more information, visit www.mvla.net/lahs/Academics/English/Pages/WritersWeek.aspx.

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