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News

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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Transactions

Los Altos

1988 Annette Lane, H. Tawfik to S. Ostojic for $1,764,000

770 Edge Lane, Camphor Bay Developers to M. & M. Ocarroll for $2,400,000

318 Hawthorne Avenue, Young Trust to S. Chang for $2,550,000

1590 Kensington Circle, R. & M. Miller to J. Hsu for $1,880,000

1028 Los Altos Avenue, WTJS Investments to Y. Shang for $1,899,000

730 Morningside Circle, Bigler-Mariani Trust to M. Mariani for $500,000

401 San Domingo Way, S. Norcutt to E. Berti for $2,520,000

1715 Selig Lane, D. Dougherty to Lunn Trust for $1,680,000

226 West Edith Avenue #16, Boyd Trust to A. Merriweather for $680,000

Los Altos Hills

14341 Liddicoat Drive, Weiler-Sharpe Trust to M. Zhuang for $2,350,000

Mountain View

2025 California Street #38, Federal National Mortgage to W. Kan for $373,000

198 Darya Court, H. & A. Chou to H. Zhu for $852,000

163 Fair Oaks Avenue, G. Cortinas to V. Sotelo for $675,000

2348 Jane Lane, K. Karpinski to N. Gille for $795,000

2302 Jewell Place, S. Viswanathan to J. & A. Valdezco for $792,000

2047 Montecito Avenue #22, R. Wu to H. Wu for $320,000

1911 Newbury Drive, C. & R. Golden to T. Moseley for $775,000

201 O’Keefe Way, L. & F. Scriven to R. Bhan for $960,000

201 Sherland Avenue, J. Watts to J. Ma for $825,000

49 Showers Drive #N365, Hacham Trust to R. Kutty for $550,000

500 West Middlefield Road #60, Zed Trust to E. Pasternak for $374,000

Cupertino

10919 Festival Drive, Dhawan Trust to M. Subramanian for $1,415,000

21141 Grenola Drive, Mitsides Property to Y. Wang for $2,164,500

10745 North De Anza Boulevard #219, C. Lee to A. Jok for $850,500

11004 Northseal Square, Wilt Trust to S. & R. Ranka for $650,000

21853 Oakview Lane, J. Liu to M. Navaratnam for $1,550,000

22356 Rancho Ventura Street, D. & W. Kuan to D. Edelson for $1,500,000

10007 Spanish Oak Court, Edelson Trust to A. Kutach for $940,000

7964 Woodlark Way, K. Kim to C. Wu for $1,252,000

Overall

Los Altos

Total sales: 9

Highest sale: $2,550,000

Lowest sale: $500,000

Average sale: $1,763,667

Los Altos Hills

Total sales: 1

Highest sale: $2,350,000

Lowest sale: $2,350,000

Average sale: $2,350,000

Mountain View

Total sales: 11

Highest sale: $960,000

Lowest sale: $320,000

Average sale: $662,818

Cupertino

Total sales: 8

Highest sale: $2,164,500

Lowest sale: $650,000

Average sale: $1,290,250

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