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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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Los Altos High School musicians travel to Austria and Germany


Photo By: Courtesy of Julie McAfee
Photo Courtesy Of Julie Mcafee

Los Altos High musicians are scheduled to perform for the community June 11, before embarking on a European tour.

An instrumental music ensemble from Los Altos High School is scheduled to embark on a 15-day concert tour of Austria and Germany at the end of June.

The ensemble has scheduled a send-off concert 7 p.m. June 11 at Los Altos High School’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave. Admission is free. Students will perform their tour repertoire, which includes works by American-born composers George Gershwin, Dave Brubeck, Frank Ticheli and Steven Schwartz; German-born composers Martin Brugger and Gustav Mahler; and Austrian-born composers Otto Schwartz, Johann Strauss Jr, and Franz Joseph Haydn.

While on tour, the musicians will perform in parks, resorts and churches, with stops in Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Munich, Salzburg and Vienna.

Ted Ferrucci, Los Altos High instrumental music director, will lead the group of 56 students and 11 adults on the department’s fifth international concert tour. Under Ferrucci’s direction, in 2004 members of the Los Altos High Instrumental Music Department traveled to England on their first international tour and won the silver medal at the London International Wind Band Festival. Since then, the department has traveled internationally every two to three years.

Previous tours have included British Columbia, England, Italy, Switzerland, Spain and France. Participation is open to all students enrolled in the Instrumental Music Department. Students representing the school’s eight instrumental music groups will join forces to create an ensemble.

“When traveling, most schools take only their most experienced musicians,” Ferrucci said. “It is important to me that all students have the opportunity to travel and be part of something bigger than themselves.”

According to Ferrucci, veteran musicians have the opportunity to share their experiences and help develop the talent of younger musicians.

“The tour ensembles always sound fantastic and have won awards at several international competitions,” he said. “I’m proud of what we are able to accomplish musically, and the kids are incredible ambassadors for our school, community and country.”

Diane Wachs, an Instrumental Music Department parent, coordinated the tour. Wachs is familiar with the region and has scheduled a culturally enriching itinerary.

The student ensemble will combine with local student musicians in two of the concerts. The musicians will perform in Geisingen, located on the Danube River; in Bad Dürrheim in the Black Forest; and in Aschau, Bavaria. In Austria, they will perform in Mirabellgarten, where scenes from “The Sound of Music” were filmed; at Fusch in the Austrian Alps; and in Vienna’s world-famous Minoriten Church.

The concert schedule will be intermixed with a variety of cultural experiences. Highlights include a visit to Ulm, birthplace of Albert Einstein; the Mercedes-Benz Museum; Neuschwanstein Castle; Dachau Concentration Camp; the Berchtesgaden Salt Mine; and the Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Museum. The travelers can enjoy a boat tour of Lake Königssee, cruise the Danube and attend a concert featuring the Vienna Symphony.

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