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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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MVHS French students take home national honors


Photo By: Courtesy of MVLA
Photo Courtesy Of Mvla

Barry Groves, superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, presents awards to the Mountain View High School students who competed in “Le Grand Concours.” Pictured, from left, are Jason Gravett, Charleen Wang, Sophia Karolczak, Sheila Steine, Alaisha Sharma and Groves.

More than 200 Mountain View High School students studying French participated in “Le Grand Concours,” a national contest that pits French students against each other in listening, reading and structures skills.

Marie Thuillier and Clotilde Grès, French teachers at Mountain View High, said they were thrilled with the experience and the results. This year, only students enrolled in French levels 2 through 5 Honors participated. The teachers said they hope all levels will participate next year.

Students who achieved the highest scores received medals and certificates of recognition last month. Alaisha Sharma, who takes level 2 French, earned a perfect score and ranked first nationally. Barry Groves, superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, presented Sharma with a gold medal and plaque for her achievement.

James Hulett and Ryan Tawbi received bronze medals with the highest score for level 3; Karina Fong-Hirschfelder earned a silver medal for level 4AP, ranking third nationally; and Justine Fanget recorded the highest score for level 5 Honors. Students in levels 2-4 received a total of 21 bronze medals.

When presenting the awards, Groves reminded students of the importance of learning a language in today’s world and encouraged them to remember that communication is more important than verb conjugations.

“I believe that learning multiple languages is an essential skill for the 21st century,” Groves said. “I am delighted that so many of our students are enrolled in world languages and excelling.”

Donations from parents, the Parent Teacher Student Association and the MVLA district fund students’ participation in the national contests in French and Spanish.

The American Association of Teachers of French sponsors “Le Grand Concours.”

“As the president of the Northern California AATF chapter, I am really proud to have our students participate in this contest, and I thank our parents for their generous donations,” Grès said.

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