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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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LA lacrosse team rolling toward playoffs


Photo By: Town Crier file photo
Photo Town Crier File Photo

Los Altos High’s AJ Guralas, left, has totaled 17 goals in the past three games.

All those goals the Los Altos High boys lacrosse team has scored lately – 53 over the past four games – haven’t gone to waste. The Eagles won every game and find themselves on the verge of making the league playoffs.

“We have been on a roll,” coach Greg Mengis said.

The latest victory – 14-11 over Woodside April 23 – guaranteed Los Altos its third consecutive winning season and put the team in prime position to secure one of the two playoff berths granted to the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division.

“This win puts us in the driver’s seat for a playoff spot,” Mengis said, “as we control our own destiny with two league games remaining.”

The Eagles were scheduled to play at Carlmont Tuesday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline) in what the coach called a “giant contest” and close the regular season 4 p.m. today at home against Saratoga.

In the win over Woodside, “AJ Guralas dominated with a monster game,” Mengis said. The sophomore tallied eight goals and three assists. Bailey Thayer and Cam Putnam chipped in two goals each.

Boys tennis

Dominating doubles, Los Altos clipped Cupertino 4-3 April 22 to end the regular season.

The Eagles swept the doubles – with Braden Holt and Christian Beck cruising to a 6-0, 6-1 win at the top spot – and received their other win from No. 3 singles player Ovi Fritsch.

Visiting Los Altos improved to 14-3 overall and 10-2 in the SCVAL De Anza Division, good enough for second place.

Two days later, Eagles Anthony Bello and Spencer Simonides combined forces to win the league’s doubles championship for the second straight year. The win qualifies the seniors for the CCS individual tournament.

The same day at the West Bay Athletic League individual tourney, Pinewood freshman Gabe Owens claimed the singles title with a 6-1, 6-0 rout of Crystal Springs Uplands’ Connor Soohoo.

Baseball

St. Francis scorched St. Ignatius 12-1 April 23. The visiting Lancers boosted their record to 10-1 in the West Catholic Athletic League and 23-1 overall.

Winning pitcher John Gavin improved to 9-0. Kort Peterson went 2-for-3, belting a home run and a double. He drove in three runs and scored three times.

Snapping a three-game losing streak, Los Altos edged host Gunn 2-1 April 24. James Oleson pitched a complete game for the Eagles, surrendering seven hits and setting down the Titans in order in the seventh inning.

Patrick McColl scored both runs for Los Altos (6-7 De Anza Division, 11-12 overall). Max Wilbur added a double.

Behind Josh Rose’s one-hitter, Pinewood beat Crystal Springs Uplands 5-0 April 23. Rose struck out five batters and walked four. He also scored a run.

Ryan Knotts contributed three hits and two runs for the visiting Panthers, while Oscar Fick produced two hits and two RBIs.

Pinewood went to 2-3 in the WBAL and 7-6 overall.

Softball

Led by Lizzy Beutter, visiting Los Altos topped Los Gatos 6-1 Thursday in De Anza Division play. Beutter pitched a three-hitter to earn the win and collected two hits.

The Eagles improved to 7-2 in league, 15-7-2 overall.

Boys volleyball

Mountain View rebounded from its first loss of the season – St. Francis swept the Spartans April 22 – by beating Los Gatos in four games. Kurt Dentinger notched 10 kills and four blocks for Mountain View in the April 24 road win.

The Spartans improved to 9-0 in the De Anza Division and 23-1 overall.

St. Francis followed the win over Mountain View with a sweep of Serra in WCAL action April 23. Steven Dinneen posted 11 kills for the visiting Lancers (9-3 league, 21-8 overall).

Golf

Los Altos Hills resident Andrew Buchanan shared medalist honors in leading Menlo to a 198-201 victory over Sacred Heart Prep April 23 at Palo Alto Hills Golf Club.

Buchanan shot an even-par 35 for the Knights, who completed an undefeated WBAL season.

Swimming & diving

Los Altos’ Austin Campitelli finished second in girls diving April 24 in a tri-meet against Monta Vista and Saratoga. She earned a score of 205.95. Teammate Lindsay Emrick placed seventh (164.5).

On the boys side, Eagles Miles Contreras (165.1) and Jacob Behar (90.45) took second and third, respectively.

The St. Francis girls routed Notre Dame-Belmont 144-34 Thursday, while the Lancer boys swam past Serra 119-66.

Courtney Batcheller and Florina Yang led the girls – winning individual and relay events – and Benjamin Ho paced the boys with victories in all four races in which he competed.

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