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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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Spiritual Life Briefs

LAUMC schedules immigration events

Los Altos United Methodist Church’s Bold Service and Social Justice Committee has scheduled two events that highlight immigration reform. Both programs will be held in the church’s Creekside Center at 655 Magdalena Ave.

The programs are part of the 11-day Immigration Fast and Vigil by members of the Day Worker Center of Mountain View that begins today. The National Day Laborer Organizing Network inspired the fast, which is sponsored by the nonprofit Peninsula Interfaith Action Network. During the fast, various churches will host the group for one day and one night.

• 7-8:30 p.m. Monday: The program will include information on why legislators introduced immigration reform, testimonies from immigrants, an explanation of the proposed reform bill and a review of statewide immigration issues. The gathering will also feature information on how faith communities can get involved in the debate.

• Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday: The program will include two short movies, “A Borderless Dream” and “El Hielo,” followed by discussion. Participants are invited to bring a lunch.

Admission to both events is free and open to the public.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit laumc.org.

Foothills Congregational sponsors rummage sale

Foothills Congregational Church has scheduled its annual Foothills Fabulous Rummage Sale 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

The sale will feature a wide selection of items, including housewares, toys, electronics, jewelry, sporting goods, furniture, books and designer clothing.

During the rummage sale, church members will host a bake- sale fundraiser to benefit a youth mission trip to build a house on the San Carlos Apache reservation.

For more information, call 948-8430 or visit www.foothills-church.org.

LAUMC hosts Master Sinfonia concert

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to host the final Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra concert of the season 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary, 655 Magdalena Road.

The concert will feature works including Carl Maria von Weber’s “Overture to Der Freischütz,” Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 3, “Rhenish.”

Tickets, $16-$20, are available online and at the door.

For tickets and more information, visit www.mastersinfonia.org.

Methodist Women hold annual rummage sale

Los Altos United Methodist Church has scheduled its annual rummage sale 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 18 in the church’s Creekside Center, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The sale will offer a selection of clothing, baby furnishings, toys, books, housewares, furniture, sporting goods, electronics, garden items, sports equipment, jewelry, collectibles and more.

A Quality Corner will feature finer items and antiques.

Lunch will be available both days at a food truck.

The Los Altos United Methodist Women sponsor the sale. Proceeds support local, national and global charities and missions, including the Community Services Agency, the Community Breast Health Program, the Correctional Institutions Chaplaincy, Pathways Hospice and the Support Network for Battered Women.

For more information, call Patricia at 948-1083, ext. 122, or visit laumc.org.

LAUMC presentation addresses ‘Terrible 2s’

Los Altos United Methodist Church has scheduled the presentation “The Terrible 2s, 3s, 4s and 5s: Parenting Strategies for Difficult Behavior” 7-8:30 p.m. May 8 in the church’s Creekside Center, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The presentation is designed for parents whose children whine, disrespect others and suffer sleep and toilet-training problems.

Dr. Damon Korb, a behavioral and developmental pediatrician and founder of the Center for Developing Minds in Los Gatos, will discuss the impact of temperament on behavior, children’s needs for healthy development and treatment options.

Korb’s practice specializes in caring for children and young adults who struggle with behavioral issues, learning difficulties, attention problems, social skills deficits and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Admission is open to the public, but pre-registration is requested.

To register and for more information, visit childrenscenterpreschool.org.

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