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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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Golfer Buchanan bound for state tourney


Photo By: Courtesy of David Buchanan
Photo Courtesy Of David Buchanan

Andrew Buchanan of Los Altos Hills tied for fourth at last week’s Northern California boys golf championships in Patterson.

There are days when an even-par round leaves a competitive golfer feeling less than satisfied. May 20 wasn’t one of those days for Andrew Buchanan.

“I was happy to get even par,” said the Los Altos Hills resident, who shot a 72 to finish tied for fourth at last week’s Northern California Boys Golf Championships in Patterson. “It was really windy.”

Those winds – which Buchanan estimated at 20-25 mph – made the rigorous Ranch Course at Diablo Grande Golf & Country Club even more challenging.

Soon after teeing off, Buchanan realized it wasn’t going to be a day of record-low rounds for those in the 96-player field, and the Menlo School senior adjusted his expectations accordingly.

“I just tried to keep it around par for most of the day to move on (to state),” he said. “I thought that making par in those windy conditions would probably do it.”

Buchanan was right. He finished only four shots behind winner Ryan Maund of Foothill High and easily advanced to the state championships. The top nine individuals – along with the first-, second- and third-place teams – qualified for state, scheduled June 5 at Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel.

“I don’t know the course, but I know the field will be really strong,” said Buchanan, bound for Southern Methodist University in the fall. “It will be a fun day.”

The Quail course is significantly shorter than the one Buchanan played at Diablo Grande, which he described as “short and skinny off the tee.” Tee shots that strayed too far left or right often landed in high weeds.

“I lost two balls in the hazards, which led to bogeys,” said Buchanan, who had as many bogeys (four) as birdies and made par on the other 10 holes. “It was tough off the tee, but the rest of the course was pretty manageable.”

The winds were not, however, making drives more of an adventure. Putting proved crucial, and Buchanan sank some long ones early. He drained a 15-foot birdie putt and a 12-footer for par.

“It was nice to putt well early on,” said Buchanan, who birdied two of his first three holes and was 1-under par at the turn. “It gives you confidence and you don’t second-guess yourself later on.”

Buchanan, who had one of the earliest tee times, capped his round by draining a 10-foot putt for par.

“Not making worse than par was really big,” he said. “By staying even, I knew I would make it to state without worrying. It was really comforting and I got to enjoy my lunch.”

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