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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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Mother-daughter survivors join in fight against cancer by walking Relay For Life


Photo By: Sophie Ho/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Sophie Ho/Special To The Town Crier

Mother and daughter Jeanne MacVicar and Bryn Pennington of Los Altos will join in the fight against cancer by participating in the upcoming Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Relay For Life event.

There are many moving events at the annual Relay For Life of Los Altos, the community’s 24-hour fundraising walk for cancer research, but few are as touching as the Survivor Lap.

With music bumping in the background, cancer survivors take to the Egan Junior High School track to walk a victory lap cheered by friends and family. Their supporters, referred to as “caregivers,” later walk their own lap. These moments are a way to honor survivors and caregivers, a reminder to all participants that the fight against cancer is hardly fought alone.

In past years, Los Altos resident and Relay organizer Jeanne MacVicar walked the survivors lap, having defeated breast cancer 27 years ago. Her daughter, Bryn Pennington, walked as her caregiver.

But this year, mother and daughter will participate as cancer survivors in the relay, scheduled June 15 and 16.  Pennington was diagnosed in April with liposarcoma, a rare form of cancer that manifested in her leg.

“There is a saying that, ‘Our family had cancer, but I showed the symptoms,’” MacVicar said. “That was true for us 27 years ago, and now our family has cancer again. Except this time, Bryn has the symptoms.”

After receiving treatment, Pennington is now cancer free. She attributes her recovery and health to the support of friends, doctors and family.

“I hope anyone who gets cancer will feel the love and support that I’ve had from my family and parents,” Pennington said. “It’s changed my life for good.”

Relay For Life has been another pillar of support for Pennington and MacVicar. Having been heavily involved in organizing and participating in the event since the start, MacVicar attested to the power Relay has in showing survivors that they are not alone.

“Ultimately, everyone walks away from Relay feeling stronger and that they can go forward,” MacVicar said. “Cancer can be a very lonely disease. When you get a group together to talk about their experiences, that is very powerful.”

For Pennington, participating in Relay was initially a way to support her mother and remember those affected by cancer. This year, she’ll be able to benefit from the event in a different way.

“There is something qualitatively different being in a field with a thousand people who are all there because they love someone who is a cancer survivor or they want to remember someone who had cancer,” Pennington said. “That’s a very human experience. It’s a very beautiful experience to have.”

Relay For Life is scheduled 10 a.m. June 15 to 10 a.m. June 16 at Egan, 100 W. Portola Ave. To register or for more information, visit relayforlife.org.

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