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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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Community Briefs

LAH Horsemen’s group sponsors essay contest

The Los Altos Hills Horsemen’s Association is sponsoring a student art and essay contest with the theme “Why I Love Horses in the Hills.”

The deadline for submissions is Friday.

The contest is open to children in Los Altos Hills. Judges will award prizes in three age categories: 8 and under, 9-12 and 13-17. Prizes include a pony ride and other gifts for children 8 and under, and $50 gift certificates for the older age groups. Winners will be recognized at a Los Altos Hills City Council meeting in May.

Essays should be no more than 400 words with a concentration on theme development, creativity, writing style, fluency, voice and uniqueness. Any type of art is encouraged, from abstract to traditional. Various media may be used, but work is required to adhere to the theme, feature at least one horse and be created by the student alone. Participants must include name, address and contact information.

Winners will be announced sometime in May.

Mail or deliver essays or artwork in care of the Los Altos Hills Horsemen’s Association, Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.

For more information, visit www.lahha.org.

Peninsula Democrats host talk on Afghanistan

The Peninsula Democratic Coalition has scheduled Sabahat Rafiq to discuss “The New Great Game, The End of the Afghanistan War and the New Geopolitics” at a luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Ming’s Restaurant, 1700 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

Rafiq, an international investment banking consultant, entrepreneur and expert on religion and international relations, will address the struggle for political power and control of resources – particularly fossil fuels and water – in Central Asia and adjoining regions. She will review the overall importance of the region to various power players, including the United States and Iran. Rafiq has been a guest on KQED’s Forum Program hosted by Michael Krasny.

Reservations are required for the $25 buffet lunch.

For reservations and more information, call Jim Thurber at 948-8259 or visit www.peninsulademocrats.com.

Deer Hollow Farm hosts spring tours

Friends of Deer Hollow Farm has scheduled annual Spring Farm Tours 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and May 18 at the farm, located in Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve.

The tours give visitors an opportunity to visit the livestock, including baby lambs, kids and a calf, in their pens; stroll the grounds; tour century-old farm buildings; view the garden; and learn about homestead farming as practiced 150 years ago.

The nonprofit Friends of Deer Hollow farm is dedicated to preserving the historical teaching farm and its 160-year-old homestead for the benefit of the community. Approximately 100,000 visitors annually explore the educational site, which also provides student field trips and summer camp for approximately 5,000 children each year.

Tours feature interactive activities for children and a visit to the Nature Center for hands-on learning. Friends of Deer Hollow Farm’s merchandise booth will offer mementos for purchase.

Tours are $7, free for children under 1. Proceeds support Deer Hollow Farm and its educational programs.

For directions and more information, call 903-6430, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.fodhf.org.

‘A Place to Call Home’ set to open April 25

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled a new exhibition, “A Place to Call Home: Two Centuries of California Living,” April 25 through Oct. 6.

With images, text and artifacts intended to spark interest in local history as shown through the evolution of the typical single-family home in California, the exhibition includes an overview of changes in architectural styles, forms and functions, materials and use of space indoors and outdoors.

To help tell the story, the exhibition examines the technology of everyday life, from letters to rotary dial phones, tablets and smartphones. Kitchen evolution from an open fire to microwave ovens is explored through the history of a chicken dinner.

A series of supporting programs and family-friendly activities are scheduled to complement the exhibition.

For more information, visit www.losaltoshistory.org.

Bookmobile visits LAH every other Friday

The Santa Clara County Library District Bookmobile is scheduled to stop in the parking lot at Gardner Bullis School, 25890 W. Fremont Road in Los Altos Hills, 2-3 p.m. every other Friday.

The Bookmobile offers materials to residents who face physical challenges in getting to a library or who don’t live near one. It is stocked with current materials for adults, teens and children, including fiction and nonfiction books in both regular and large print, DVDs, audio books, electronic games, music CDs and magazines. New selections are added daily.

The Bookmobile can be used as a regular pickup location for materials and accepts hold requests.

For more information and specific dates, call the Los Altos Hills Parks and Recreation Department at 947-2518.

SAy Hi helps local seniors

The SAy Hi Support Group offers assistance to seniors living in San Antonio Hills, the unincorporated area near Los Altos.

Volunteers provide free rides (within a 20-minute drive, with 24 hours’ notice) to destinations such as El Camino and Kaiser hospitals; beauty salons and barber shops; Rancho, Loyola Corners, downtown and local shopping centers; and religious services.

SAy Hi meets 4 p.m. the third Monday of every month at First Republic Bank, 400 S. San Antonio Road, in Los Altos.

For more information, call 752-4242.

El Camino RoadRunners seeks volunteers

The RoadRunners Transportation Service, sponsored by El Camino Hospital, seeks volunteers to provide door-to-door service for people who can’t drive or who don’t have other ways to attend their medical appointments.

The schedule is flexible: drive one day a week, a half-day a week or remain on call. Requirements include a California driver’s license, patience and dependability.

Orientation and training are provided.

To sign up, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 988-8213.

For more information, call Bonnie Adamson, RoadRunner coordinator, at 988-7651.

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