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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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Teen serves up public tennis court proposal for LAH


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier Los Altos Hills resident Jehan Godrej would like to see his town build public tennis courts.

If the town could swing it, local high school student Jehan Godrej would like Los Altos Hills to build public tennis courts.

“Since LAH is such a wonderful town, we should have more public facilities,” said Godrej, a Los Altos High School sophomore who aspires to play tennis professionally. “It would be nice to have something in the Hills that’s not private or a country club.”

Godrej, who said his drive to see more local youth play tennis inspired the request, approached City Clerk Deborah Padovan and scheduled a PowerPoint presentation during the Jan. 24 Los Altos Hills City Council meeting to outline his proposal. Like any member of the community, he was allocated two minutes to address the council.

Godrej argued that an affluent town like Los Altos Hills should be able to provide lighted tennis courts as a public amenity for residents. The town’s only public tennis courts are at Foothill College, where he explained that parking fees, lack of lights and traffic on and around campus make the facility challenging to access. Residential tennis courts and country clubs meet some of the demand, he noted, but they come with steep price tags.

Godrej, whose parents cited the cost and an environmental easement on their property as reasons they couldn’t build a tennis court at their home, takes lessons at Stanford University and Fremont Hills Country Club. The latter is an invitation-only club in Los Altos Hills with 10 courts. Godrej added that many of his friends and other local youth are unable to afford to play where he does.

A community survey conducted by the town’s Parks and Recreation Committee in 2006-2007 revealed that 4 percent of respondents were interested in the construction of tennis courts. A community park, a soccer field and aquatic facilities received significantly more support.

Although he did not receive an immediate response from the council regarding his proposal, Godrej remains undeterred. He insisted that there is a demand for public tennis courts and that they could lead to a resident’s turning pro in the sport – just as former Los Altos Hills resident Nick Saviano did. Godrej cited Saviano, who ranked among the top 50 pro players worldwide for nine years, as a role model for local youth.

Godrej plans to volunteer with the Parks and Recreation Committee and hopes to encourage more people to explore the sport he loves.

“It’s a very intricate sport,” he said. “While it seems really easy when you first pick up a racket and hit the ball, it gets more intricate and complicated as you go along.”

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