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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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Local actress plays lead role in Albee play opening in San Francisco


Courtesy of Athea Lazara Photography
Los Altos Hills actress Taylor Brock rehearses her role as Stevie in the upcoming production of “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?” with co-star Richard Aiello.

The music of a melancholy tune Taylor Brock heard as a child during a Broadway production of “Oliver!” captured her heart.

When the actors performed “Where Is Love?” the Los Altos Hills resident knew she was destined for a career onstage

Brock’s mother and father were thespians who met while auditioning for a play on Broadway but eventually pursued other occupations. After a childhood in Buffalo, N.Y., Brock followed suit, forging a practical professional path for a young women of the time – nursing.

“They didn’t encourage me at all,” Brock said of her parents’ response to her interest in acting.

Only after working as a nurse, marrying and starting a family did Brock rediscover her love of acting – an artistic medium that seemed to be “in her blood,” she said.

With the support of her husband and two children, Brock works full-time as an actress, spending much of her time in Los Angeles doing guest spots on TV shows and in San Francisco performing in the theatrical productions.

Stepping onstage

When Brock steps onstage at San Francisco’s Phoenix Theatre next month to play a wife dealing with the upheaval of unexpected revelations in her picture-perfect family in Edward Albee’s “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?,” she will add another intriguing character to the long list of credits she has accumulated over her 25-year career.

Unlike her guest spots on TV series such as “Criminal Minds” and “The Bold and the Beautiful,” Brock will have an opportunity to delve deeply into her character in “The Goat,” scheduled to run Aug. 9 through 24.

Brock said she doesn’t simply memorize a script – she strives to understand why a playwright wrote the words for her character and what the deeper meaning of those words might be.

Her process should prove particularly advantageous as she prepares for “The Goat.” Brock noted that theatergoers should anticipate a play that challenges social norms.

“Expect to go for a ride,” she said. “The play should end with (the audience) thinking about how they would handle the situation.”

Although Brock has never experienced a situation similar to her character Stevie’s – a mother who struggles with the consequences of familial relationships when it is revealed that her husband is cheating on her and her son is gay – she said she relates to her character by calling on life experiences that evoke similar feelings.

“What would you do in this situation?” she asked of a sequence of surprising events that befall her character in the Tony Award-winning play, which debuted on Broadway in 2002. “She is a mother who was so happy, and then everything crumbles.”

In addition to preparing for her role in “The Goat,” Brock wears a second hat as co-producer of the play with co-star Richard Aiello.

As she balances her schedule among rehearsals, classes and auditions, Brock said she makes sure to spend quality time with her family.

Motivated by how much she learns about herself through each acting experience, Brock said she has no plans to step away from show business.

“It’s a passion,” she said. “There are going to be hard times and rejection, but if you love it … that’s what motivates you.”

For more information on Brock, visit taylor-brock.com.

To purchase tickets for the Member Production Code’s “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?” at the Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason St. in San Francisco, call (800) 838-3006 or visit thegoat.brownpapertickets.com.

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