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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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Rosenberg takes coaching job at Linfield College


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After 11 years as men’s basketball coach at Foothill College, Shanan Rosenberg is leaving for Linfield. That’s Linfield College, a private liberal arts school in McMinnville, Ore., with approximately 1,900 students.

“It’s one of the few places I’d consider leaving Foothill for,” said Rosenberg, hired April 19 to succeed longtime coach Larry Doty at the NCAA Division III college. “It has beautiful facilities and amenities. Almost 40 percent of the students are athletes, and they value athletics and a quality education, and there’s a lot of alumni support.”

Rosenberg added that he was already familiar with Linfield – he spent three years as an assistant coach at Lewis & Clark College in nearby Portland before coming to Foothill – and that McMinnville (population of 32,187 in the last census) is an ideal place for him and his family to live.

“It’s a great move for me professionally and for my family,” said the teacher and coach, who is married with three young children. “It’s a terrific fit.”

But if the move doesn’t work out, Rosenberg has the option to return to Foothill for the 2014-15 school year. He requested and received a one-year leave of absence from Foothill, according to athletic director Susan Gutkind.

Rosenberg downplayed the option, however. He made it clear that he intends to coach at Linfield for the long haul, calling it “a dream job.”

Rosenberg was selected from a pool of more than 100 applicants, according to a Linfield press release, and will oversee the varsity and junior-varsity teams, as well as teach health and kinesiology classes.

“I believe Shanan is a great fit for Linfield,” athletic director Scott Carnahan said. “He has all the attributes we were looking for and has achieved great success in every coaching opportunity he has had.”

Foothill compiled a 186-131 record under Rosenberg, who guided the Owls to the playoffs eight times. His most recent team went 22-5 in the regular season – the best mark in program history – and ranked as high as third in the state.

While the wins were nice, Rosenberg is most proud of how many of his players transferred to four-year schools – all but one, who entered the military, he said – and the bonds they formed.

“The feeling in the locker room at the end of every season is impactful and lasting,” he said. “There’s growth, love and brotherhood.”

Although Rosenberg is excited about starting his new job – he teaches classes at the Los Altos Hills community college through June – the St. Francis High graduate said he will look back fondly on his days at Foothill.

“I’ll miss a lot of things,” he said, “but what I’ll miss most are the relationships, especially with the players.”

Gutkind acknowledged that Rosenberg will be missed as well.

“Shanan’s leadership has provided Foothill with a men’s basketball program that does an outstanding job of preparing young men for whatever their futures might bring,” she said. “He emphasizes academic commitment and personal responsibility and the team regularly does a great job in the classroom. He’s been an excellent teacher of the game as well, so his teams have regularly achieved strong results because of his efforts.”

Gutkind – who added that the Linfield position “is a great opportunity” for Rosenberg and wished him success – must now find his successor. Whoever takes the job will have the title of “acting coach,” according to Gutkind, since Rosenberg has not resigned.

“We are evaluating our options for the coming season and hope to have a decision soon,” she said.

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