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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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Almond students present ‘Oliver!’


Photo By: Julie Watson/Special To the Town Crier
Photo Julie Watson/Special To The Town Crier

Almond School students appear in a production of “Oliver!” The cast includes, front row, from left Izzie Waite, Andy Arlege and Maddie Elkin. Back Julie Casares, Abby Mesel and Annie Specker.

Almond School will soon channel Victorian England, complete with orphans, pickpockets and high-society ladies and gents, as students present this year’s Drama Club production, “Oliver!”

The children’s production, based on the successful 1960s West End and Broadway shows, originally adapted from Charles Dickens’ novel, “Oliver Twist,” will enlist 86 third- to sixth-graders in roles. Nearly one-fifth of Almond students participate in the play, reflecting the school’s strong dramatic tradition.

Director and fourth-grade teacher Lisa Call said the annual school productions can be a magical experience.

“Anything is possible,” she said. “The joy of watching children learn their parts, perform with others and discover the thrill of watching a show come together is a wonderful experience. They may not remember what they read in a textbook on a particular day, but they will never forget being onstage delivering lines and singing and dancing before hundreds of people.”

Through the Drama Club plays, students can experience the process of producing a show from start to finish, from the initial audition through months of rehearsals, culminating in live performances in full makeup and costume.

Many students describe the play as a highlight of the school year.

“It’s fun to play a role different from my own personality. I feel so confident when I’m on stage, it’s as if I can accomplish anything,” said sixth-grader Abby Mesel. “We are so lucky to have a school play like this one.”

“This is the fourth play I’ve been in with the Almond School Drama Club, and it is the funniest play yet,” said sixth-grader William Schubert. “It’s a clever story, and everyone in the play has a great part. I always enjoy singing and laughing with my friends.”

Call said students have worked “tirelessly” and spent long hours preparing for “Oliver!”

“They are very excited to perform for live audiences,” she said. “It is a wonderful opportunity for me to work with so many enthusiastic and talented children and an experience that I will never forget. The parent support behind the scenes is truly remarkable at Almond. We are very blessed to have their support and help for this show. It would not happen without them.”

The community is invited to “Oliver!” Performances are scheduled 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and June 6-8 in the Almond School Multipurpose Room, 550 Almond Ave. Food will be sold during intermission. Purchasing tickets early is advised, as shows sell out quickly.

For ticket-sale hours outside the Almond School office and more information on the production, visit sites.google.com/site/almondelementary/home/oliver.

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