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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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Zimbabwe run in 14th year, thanks to energetic resident


Photo By: Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Photo Bruce Barton/Town Crier

Ellen Clark of Los Altos is the organizer of the Run for Zimbabwe Orphans & Fair, scheduled March 24 this year.

Ellen Clark radiates positive energy and enthusiasm for helping children locally and half a world away.

The Los Altos resident and retired physical education teacher does just that with her longstanding pet project, the Run for Zimbabwe Orphans & Fair. In its 14th year, the event is scheduled noon to 4 p.m. March 24 at St. Joseph Catholic School, 1120 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View.

The “run” component features races for participants of all ages, while the “fair” includes food, live music and art and cultural exhibits.

Proceeds benefit the Makumbi Children’s Home in Zimbabwe for orphaned children. Clark founded her own nonprofit group, the Sustainable Living Foundation, to support the event and Gardens for Paraguay, which sustains poor neighborhoods in that country.

“We’ve made our mission a lot more concrete this year,” Clark said, wearing this year’s official event T-shirt that celebrates the zebra. “Our mission is to inspire kids to keep fit, create beautiful art and help others. It’s a kid-friendly mission statement.”

Clark’s event helps children locally and globally. Her passion for Zimbabwe, in particular, was inspired by her son Will’s experience there as a member of the Peace Corps. Will reported home about the rampant poverty, disease and huge number of orphaned children, prompting his mother to take action.

Now every member of the Clark family is involved in the foundation. Ellen serves as president, Will is vice president, husband Bill is chief financial officer, daughter Kristen is cultural director, daughter Teresa is secretary and son-in-law Dave Ruminski is technology director.

Clark involves like-minded, philanthropic students as ambassadors for the day. This year’s ambassadors include Megha Agarwal, a junior at St. Francis High School; Jade Perry and Carol Deng, Los Altos High seniors; Tenashe Choto, a sophomore at Mountain View High; and Jose Martinez of Foothill College.

Agarwal oversees the promotions. She said proceeds help Makumbi children with basic necessities like food, clothes and educational material.

“I’m proud to announce that last year, we brought in a grand total of $32,700, and we hope to match and exceed that amount this year,” Agarwal said.

This year’s event includes another shoe drive – 2,000 pairs were collected last year – and Clark is adding a book drive.

“We’re collecting the best books (donated) – up to 40 pounds,” Clark said of the drive, the proceeds of which will be shipped to the orphanage.

A little money goes a long way to help the orphans, Clark said.

“You only need $50 to clothe, feed and house one child for one year,” she said.

“The Sustainable Living Foundation wants to make it easy to get involved, despite age, economic status or cultural background,” Agarwal wrote in a promotional flier. “Whether you’re interested in donating outgrown shoes, volunteering at a booth, making a simple donation or just running, there’s something for everyone.”

For more information or to register, volunteer or contribute, visit www.zimbabweparaguay.net.

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