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News

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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Bullis Charter School adds two new administrators as school grows

Bullis Charter School has hired a new principal and assistant principal to meet its increasing enrollment demand.

Incoming Principal Jocelyn Lee and Assistant Principal Alison Schwartzbaum will assist with campus leadership and innovation. They step into their positions immediately in preparation for the 2013-2014 academic year, with an estimated 600-student enrollment.

“After a nationwide search and screening of 180 highly qualified applicants, I am extremely excited to welcome two outstanding administrators to the BCS community,” said Wanny Hersey, superintendent/principal at Bullis Charter School. “Ms. Lee and Ms. Schwartzbaum bring a combined wealth of past experiences that demonstrates their commitments to educating the whole child – in complete alignment with the BCS vision. Their unique skills and talents will be of great benefit as BCS continues to innovate into the future.”

Lee has nearly 20 years’ experience as an educator, most recently as an elementary and middle school principal in the Ravenswood City School District, which draws students from East Palo Alto and Menlo Park. In her previous positions, Lee worked on expanding enrichment activities, building partnerships with community-based organizations, implementing service learning programs and expanding technology use among students and teachers. She secured 30 laptops for each classroom and spearheaded staff training on technology integration to increase student engagement and outcomes.

Her administrative experience, including the implementation of a full-inclusion model for educating special-education students, required her to restructure school systems to better meet the needs of every student.

Lee also worked in the Fremont Unified School District, the Sunnyvale School District, the Santa Clara Unified School District and the Sequoia Union High School District.

During her tenure in Santa Clara, Lee focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). She initiated partnerships with companies such as Juniper Networks to facilitate student visits to high-tech enterprises and founded GAINS (Girls Achieving in Non-traditional Subjects) to encourage girls to pursue careers in STEM fields.

Lee earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her master’s through the Stanford Teacher Education Program. She was an Educator in Residence at the Stanford School Redesign Network and has trained educators locally and statewide, including providing professional development for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Schwartzbaum previously worked in the Boston Public Schools system, where she served as principal intern. Her duties included designing professional development systems and building stronger family and community partnerships for the school.

Prior to her time in Boston, Schwartzbaum taught at Miami Country Day School, where she developed a humanities curriculum that offered a diverse selection of interdisciplinary courses, promoting individual students’ success through differentiated instruction. As an English teacher at North Miami Middle School, she helped develop and implement a districtwide writing plan.

Schwartzbaum earned a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University, where she led an effort to create the university’s first education major, and a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s School Leadership Program.

“The programs Lee and Schwartzbaum have championed in prior positions are aligned with what BCS embraces – innovating curricula that integrates the use of new technologies and STEM education with a focus on 21st-century skills and student outcomes,” Hersey said. “These instructional leaders will greatly complement BCS’ commitment to developing every student and teacher’s full potential, and creating local ties to partner with the community in education.”

Ken Moore, chairman of the charter school’s board of directors, welcomed Lee and Schwartzbaum on behalf of the Bullis Charter School community.

“Wanny Hersey has designed and developed our nationally recognized program and demonstrated what’s possible in public education,” he said. “The addition of Jocelyn and Alison’s tremendous experience and expertise to the already strong BCS leadership team enhances our ability to focus on every detail of delivering a 21st-century public education.”

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