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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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’Passport to Tanzania’ benefit supports orphanage in Africa


Photo By: Courtesy of Friends of Children Concern Foundation
Photo Courtesy Of Friends Of Children Concern Foundation

Betsy Collard, back left, of Mountain View and KC Cannon, third from left, of Menlo Park visit staff members and children at the Children Concern Foundation, an orphanage in Tanzania. The two women, who founded a nonprofit organization to support the orphanage, have scheduled a fundraiser Saturday.

Africa may be thousands of miles from Silicon Valley, but two local residents are bringing it closer to home at “Passport to Tanzania,” the inaugural fundraiser for an orphanage on the road to the Serengeti region.

The benefit, scheduled 5-8 p.m. Saturday at Auto Vino, 205 Constitution Ave. in Menlo Park, will feature wine tasting, appetizers, desserts, silent and live auctions, African music and the opportunity to learn about the nonprofit Friends of Children Concern Foundation (CCF), dedicated to helping orphans in Tanzania. Auto Vino will offer guests a look at more than 50 vintage and exotic cars not usually on display to the public.

Mountain View resident Betsy Collard and KC Cannon of Menlo Park organized the event, which they said aims to provide guests with a view of a “very different world” and a chance to be part of a journey that can change the lives of children at the CCF orphanage.

In addition to Collard and Cannon, the event committee includes, among others, Jane Reed and Dorothy Rosenthal of Los Altos and Jan Carey and Lisa Lane Kasperzak of Mountain View.

Collard first visited the orphanage in 2011 when she traveled to Tanzania to celebrate a clinic opening for Maasai women and children and to go on a safari.

“We stopped at the home where 36 children, ages 4-16, lived in a small, cramped, rented house,” she said. “There was no electricity, no place for the children to play, and they slept two or three to a bed. I fell in love with the children. When I returned to the U.S., I vowed to do what I could to help these children.”

Collard approached Cannon, a longtime friend who also had a passion for Africa. Together, the women established the nonprofit organization committed to providing the children with a safe living environment, education, access to medical care and hope for a better future.

“The orphanage receives no government assistance and currently depends entirely on donations from tourists who stop on their way to a safari, just as we did,” Cannon said. “Often, especially during the heavy rainy season, there is not enough money for food.”

By Tanzanian law, orphans are not allowed to be adopted and are only allowed to live with family members willing to care for them.

Collard and Cannon have made several trips to Tanzania to visit the children and help the staff. Friends of CCF has raised funds to support the facility’s operational costs and enabled the purchase of a few acres of land for a permanent home.

Tanzanian vocalist and songwriter Erica Lulakwa, a drummer and other musicians will perform at “Passport to Tanzania.” Auction items will include an African safari and other trips, artwork, wine and gift certificates for local restaurants. Guests will have an opportunity to support the orphanage by participating in the Make-A-Difference Appeal.

Tickets are $95 per person, with a portion tax deductible.

For tickets and more information, call Collard at 969-0217 or Cannon at 561-4838; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or visit www.childrenconcern.org.

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