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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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Father’s Day fun: Run a race, drink a beer, stay a night

If dad likes to exercise, drive to Carmel this weekend for Father’s Day and sign him up for the Run in the Name of Love 5K coastal run or 2K walk.

The annual race honors the late Brian James Love, a Carmel native and captain of the University of Virginia snowboarding team, who died three months shy of graduation during team practice in 2005 when his snowboard hit a tree. The race began as a tribute to the 22-year-old, who was practicing in secret to run a marathon to surprise his mother, Susan, a runner.

Those who participate in Run in the Name of Love can honor their loved ones by including a tribute in an online book. A 150-character message costs $3 and a photo $5. Runners can order tribute bibs before the race.

The 5K run begins 8:30 a.m. Sunday at Sunset Center Plaza, San Carlos Street and Ninth Avenue, 8:40 a.m. for the 2K walk, which is open to dogs on leashes. Participating dogs will receive free bandanas and biscuits. The finish line is located on Scenic Road at Eighth Avenue.

An awards ceremony and raffle are scheduled 9:45 a.m. in the Del Mar parking lot at the base of Ocean Avenue. The entry fee includes a raffle ticket, but participants can purchase more at three for $10. The event ends at 11 a.m.

To register online – $35 for the 5K, $25 for the 2K – visit www.run4love.org through noon Friday. Space permitting, in-person registration, $40/$30, is open noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Cultural Center and 6:30-8:30 a.m. Sunday at Sunset Center Plaza.

Proceeds benefit the Big Sur International Marathon’s nonprofit youth fitness program, Just Run. Sponsors of the race include Carmel-by-the-Sea, Carmel Boutique Inns, Doctors on Duty, Hot Diggity Dog, Carmel Bakery and the Carmel Art and Film Festival.

For more information, visit run4love.org.

• The 2013 Monterey Beer Festival is on tap 12:30-5 p.m. Saturday (11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a VIP ticket), at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road.

The annual event features beers from 80 breweries, including Grand Teton Brewing, Sierra Nevada and Speakeasy Ales & Lager.

Main Stage entertainment includes tribute rock bands Wild Turkeys, Powerage and Joel the Band. The VIP Stage hosts Chicano All-Stars and Jake Nielsen’s Triple Threat.

General admission tickets are $45 in advance, $50 at the door. VIP tickets are $65/$75. Parking is $10-$20. Other packages, such as a party pass and a Friday night Cannery Row beer and food pairing event, are available for purchase.

For tickets and more information, visit www.montereybeerfestival.com or call (831) 372-5863.

• Those attending the Monterey Beer Festival might consider staying at the Portola Hotel & Spa, 2 Portola Plaza, on Fisherman’s Wharf.

The hotel invites guests to “pick a perk” through July 14. Guests can choose from a free breakfast for two, self-parking, a bottle of house wine or Wi-Fi.

The hotel boasts two restaurants – Jacks Restaurant & Lounge, a full-service eatery with private dining room, and Peter B’s Brewpub, a craft brewery. A nearby full-service spa appeals to both leisure and business crowds.

Like many hotels on the Monterey Peninsula, the Portola welcomes pets, offering treats, pet sitting and walks, as well as doggy daycare in the neighborhood. A $50 pet fee covers the entire visit.

Amenities include 42-inch flat-screen TVs, Keurig coffeemakers, organic bath products and free on-demand movies.

Rates start at $199 per night.

For more information, visit www.portolahotel.com.

Contributing editor Eren Göknar is a journalist and lifelong traveler. Email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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