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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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Robinson great at state


Photo By: Courtesy of Sarah Robinson
Photo Courtesy Of Sarah Robinson

Gunn High’s Sarah Robinson placed in both of her events at Saturday’s finals of the state meet. The junior from Los Altos Hills finished third in the 1,600 run and fifth in the 3,200.

The weather for Saturday’s track and field finals was about what’s expected in Clovis for June – hot – and that didn’t help distance runners like Sarah Robinson. She not only competed in the 1,600-meter run but the 3,200 as well at Buchanan High, where temperatures reached nearly 100 degrees.

Yet the Los Altos Hills resident beat the heat and most of the competition to earn a spot on the podium after each race. Robinson followed a third-place performance in the 1,600 by finishing fifth in the 3,200 run.

“This was my first state meet, and I am very happy about the results,” the Gunn High junior said.

Although Robinson didn’t have to race at the hottest time of the day – the 1,600 began just before 6:30 p.m. – she was back on the track for the 3,200 approximately three hours later.

“I felt a little fatigued after the 1,600 but was extremely happy that I was able to run in the 3,200,” Robinson said.

She not only ran it – Robinson set a personal record in the 3,200. Her time of 10 minutes, 26.65 seconds was just .11 seconds behind fourth-place finisher Danielle Shanahan of Bishop Montgomery.

Robinson’s 1,600 time (4:48.37) wasn’t her best, but it was good enough to beat Shanahan for third by more than a second. Robinson was in fourth after three laps, then surged to second before Nikki Hiltz of Aptos squeaked by her at the end.

“I felt that in the 1,600 I was running as conservative as possible until the final lap,” Robinson said. “During the final lap I was really pressing to catch Anna Maxwell (the winner from San Lorenzo Valley). I almost caught up to her, only losing by a second.”

The day before at the trials, Robinson ran a 4:51 to take fourth in the event (there was no preliminary race for the 3,200).

St. Francis High senior Marc Toney was the only other local athlete to advance beyond the trials. He qualified for the finals of the pole vault, finishing in a 12-way tie for first by clearing 15 feet, 5.75 inches Friday. Toney vaulted 15-10 Saturday, tying Chino Hill’s Dillon Groene for sixth.

Mountain View High’s Kolisa Nhlapo finished 24th in the 300 hurdles Friday, running a 46.52 that was 2.5 seconds off her school-record time. The junior said the poor air quality in the San Joaquin Valley affected her performance.

“I actually had difficulty breathing,” she said.

Nhlapo added that she “felt honored to attend the state meet.”

Los Altos High’s Brian Yeager placed 25th in the triple jump trials with an effort of 42-5.75.

The sophomore – who didn’t start triple jumping until the Eagles’ March 26 meet against Palo Alto – went 2 feet farther the week before at the Central Coast Section finals, where he secured second.

“I was a little bit intimidated going against the best in the state and some of the best in the nation,” Yeager said. “But it was a good experience; next year I’ll know what I’m up against.”

And what did he learn from his state experience?

“I need to work hard and strengthen my legs a lot,” he said. “The people there were really good and had strong legs – they could power through their jumps.”

Yeager said he jumped nearly 45 feet on his second attempt Friday, but it was ruled a scratch.

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