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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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Finishing strong


Photo By: Courtesy of Dave Buchanan
Photo Courtesy Of Dave Buchanan

Andrew Buchanan shot an even-par 71 at the CIF/CGA State Boys Golf Championships, good enough to tie for eighth place.

Although Andrew Buchanan fell short in his bid to claim the individual title at last week’s CIF/CGA State Boys Golf Championships – finishing five shots behind the winner – he couldn’t have played the final hole of his high school career much better.

The Los Altos Hills resident, who started his round on the 10th, capped it with a birdie on the longest hole at Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel.

“It was a nice finish to my high school golf career, and it felt good to birdie the par 5 ninth hole, which was my last hole today,” Buchanan said after the June 5 event.

The birdie on that 541-yard hole was his fourth of the day, guaranteeing the Menlo School senior an even-par round of 71. That was good enough to tie three other golfers for eighth place.

“He was certainly hoping to shoot a couple of strokes better at state – and had two short putts lip out – but everyone has a story about what could have been,” said Dave Buchanan, Andrew’s father and Menlo’s coach.

Quail Lodge is a short course (6,449 yards), so Buchanan kept his drivers in the bag most of the day. He used drivers on only two tee shots, according to his dad.

Buchanan got off to a solid start, bagging two birdies and just one bogey at the turn. That left him 1-under par with nine holes remaining.

Buchanan posted just as many birdies on the front nine, but his three bogeys bogged him down. It took that birdie on the ninth hole to save Buchanan from slipping to 12th place.

The tournament featured a field of 54; qualifiers included the top nine individuals and top three teams of six from each regional final (North and South). Buchanan also shot par at the NorCal tourney, tying for fourth.

“I guess the thing that stands out to me about Andrew’s postseason this year was that he did not shoot over par in any round (state, NorCal, Central Coast Section finals and CCS regionals),” Dave said.

During the regular season, Andrew led Menlo to an undefeated league season. He was either medalist or co-medalist in every match.

“It has been fun to watch Andrew grow up during his high school career, and I really respect his commitment to golf and putting in the practice times that he did,” Dave said.

Andrew graduated from Menlo Friday and will next play for Southern Methodist University on a scholarship.

“It is definitely bittersweet to be leaving Menlo,” he said. “I have really enjoyed my teammates and I am looking forward to playing for SMU in the fall.”

Before that, Buchanan is scheduled to compete in a slew of summer events, starting with the 102nd California State Amateur. The tourney is slated to begin Monday at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club.

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