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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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Seizing a window of opportunity: Merchant recalls early days in celebrating 20-year anniversary


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Select Windows Inc. owner Tony Rebagliati, foreground, celebrates 20 years of business in Los Altos this summer. Rebagliati has operated his business since 1997, with help from high school friend Dave Brumley, back.

Longtime Los Altos merchant Tony Rebagliati knows a thing or two about the panes and gains – pardon the pun – of running a small business.

Apparently, he knows a thing or two about longevity as well.

Rebagliati, owner of Select Windows Inc. at 394 First St., is slated to celebrate 20 years in business later this summer. And like so many others, Rebagliati recalled falling into his current occupation by happenstance.

A general contractor by trade, Rebagliati found his niche specializing in window and door sales and installations in Los Gatos and other South Bay cities. During those days, he added, it wasn’t uncommon to have two or three crews working simultaneously on different projects.

“In fact, it was most of my business,” said Rebagliati, who spends his days working alongside his Santa Teresa High School friend, Dave Brumley. “It’s just the way fate sort of directed me.”

His business became so successful, Rebagliati said, that he soon made the decision to open his own retail location. Soon after, Rebagliati opted to open his store in Los Altos after noticing a similarity in demographics with Los Gatos. He opened his doors July 1, 1993.

“Those were the days when you had to be (listed) in the phone book,” Rebagliati said with a chuckle. “It was scary, it was a risk. I was already in business for myself, but I’d never done retail before.”

Two decades later, Rebagliati said he has no regrets about his decision. These days, he said his daily goal is to make “people’s homes as comfortable as possible,” specializing in installations addressing issues such heat gains or losses, UV protection and noise reduction.

Most of the store’s business, Rebagliati said, now consists of working directly with developers building custom homes in the area. That’s a significant change from as recently as five or six years ago, he added, when his sales and installation orders consisted of a 50-50 split between builders and direct service to homeowners. Rebagliati attributed the changes to a struggling economy that has since started to pick up.

“There was a time when we could not even place the orders fast enough,” said Rebagliati, who is kicking off a sale at his store from mid-May through June to celebrate his 20 years in Los Altos. “I don’t see that happening again, but things are still good.”

Through profitable times – and lean times as well – Rebagliati noted that the one constant thread has been the store’s local support.

“Los Altos is a nice community,” he said. “It has definitely supported me and my family for the last 20 years.”

As for the future, Rebagliati has no intention of making changes to something that isn’t broken.

“I’m not ready to retire,” he said with a grin. “I’m just going to keep going. … Why stop a good thing?”

For more information, call 941-0744 or visit www.selectwindows.com.

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