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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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Pinewood musical production recognized


Photo By: Emmy Copriviza/Special to the Town Cier
Photo Emmy Copriviza/Special To The Town Cier

Pinewood School’s April production of “The Sound of Music” drew sold-out crowds and was nominated for eight Bay Area School Musical Theatre Awards.

Pinewood School recently received nominations in eight different categories in the Bay Area High School Musical Theatre Awards for its production of “The Sound of Music.”

Nineteen private and public high school musical theater programs competed in the 2013 Stage Top Honor Awards, modeled after Broadway’s Tony Awards, featuring productions of “Legally Blonde,” “Into the Woods,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Cabaret” and “We Will Rock You.”

Pinewood’s “The Sound of Music” marked the school’s first three-campus production, including children from the Lower and Middle campuses to fill the roles of the von Trapp children.

Over its two-weekend run, the production filled more than 900 seats, selling out the Lohman Theatre at Foothill College for every performance.

Talmage Wise, nominated for Best Leading Actor for his portrayal of Captain von Trapp, is competing to advance to the National High School Musical Theatre Jimmy Awards in New York City in June. If selected, he will vie for a $10,000 scholarship and a talent scholarship to New York University.

“I’m so honored to be nominated along with this group of gentlemen,” Wise said. “I’ve had the pleasure to perform with a few of them at the Bay Area High School Musical Theatre Showcase this past January and they are truly talented. It’s just such a wonderful opportunity to even have the chance to go to New York City to compete in The Jimmy Awards. I’m truly blessed.”

Students nominated for the Bay Area Awards include Garrett Biggs in the Supporting Actor category for his portrayal of Max Detweiler, Haley Longbottom in the Featured Actress category for her portrayal of Liesl von Trapp and Carson Robinette in the Featured Actor category for his portrayal of Rolf. Veronica Boyce was nominated in the Student Technical Achievement category for her work as student technical director under the supervision of Doug Eivers.

Art teacher Jared Leake was nominated for Graphic Design for creating the poster and program. Shenelle Williams, music teacher for seventh- through 12th-graders, was nominated in the Hair/Makeup and Musical Direction categories.

Winners in all categories will be announced at the Fourth Annual Bay Area High School Musical Theatre Awards Gala, scheduled 7 p.m. Monday at the California Theatre, 345 S. First St., San Jose. The evening will feature performances by the nominated high schools. Wise is scheduled to sing “Edelweiss.”

For tickets to the 2013 Top Honor Awards Gala, visit www.thestage.org.

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