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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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Police Blotter

Misdemeanor warrant arrest

July 11, 6:46 a.m., Distel Circle and El Camino Real: Police arrested a 25-year-old transient after discovering that he had an outstanding $5,000 warrant out of Mountain View for obstructing a police officer.

Residential burglaries

July 11, 12:37 p.m., Eleanor Avenue: An unknown suspect entered the residence through an unlocked garage side door, stealing jewelry and electronics.

July 11, 5:56 p.m., 100 block of East Portola Avenue: A burglar entered through an unlocked garage side door and stole a bicycle.

July 11, 9:15 p.m., 2400 block of Cristo Rey Place: Homeowners contacted police to report that their two cars were stolen. The homeowners later learned that a 15-year-old family friend took the cars as a prank. They declined to file a police report.

Fraud

July 12, 10:40 a.m., 100 block of First Street: A downtown merchant contacted police after discovering that someone stole eight checks from the business and cashed them for a total of $6,300.

Misdemeanor warrant arrest

July 13, 11:45 a.m., 200 block of Second Street: Police arrested a 55-year-old motorist on an outstanding $3,000 warrant out of Sunnyvale for reckless driving. The arrest came after the motorist moved a barricade and parked his vehicle inside the grounds of the Arts & Wine Festival. Police found the man sleeping in his car upon initial contact.

Drunk in public arrests

July 13, 2:37 p.m., Main Street: Police arrested two men – a 37-year-old male from Alviso and a 42-year-old San Jose man – for being drunk in public. The arrests came after police received numerous calls from festivalgoers about the two men – who are related – for exhibiting rowdy behavior. Both men were booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Meth possession arrest

July 13, 10:06 p.m., South Springer Road and Riverside Drive: Police arrested a 42-year-old female for possession of methamphetamines during a late-night traffic stop. The driver of the vehicle consented to a search, which led responding officers to discover that the suspect – a passenger in the vehicle – possessed the controlled substance. She was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Disturbance

July 14, 12:04 a.m., Main and Second streets: Police made contact with an unauthorized street musician who had attended the Arts & Wine Festival earlier in the day after he refused to leave the festival grounds. Police mediated the situation and the musician eventually left voluntarily.

– Diego Abeloos

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