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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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All A’s


Photo By: Courtesy of Keith Higgins
Photo Courtesy Of Keith Higgins

The Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League A’s capped a perfect season by winning the Minors AA Division championship Thursday at Purissima Park. Front row, from left Johnny Colet, Sameer Singh, Corey Wang, Cameron Wang, Andy Higgins, Cole Cox, Lance Kluge, Matt Poppitz, Nasir Naqvi, Rohan Agarwal and Matthew Kumpf. Back Coaches An-Ti Wang, Tom Poppitz, Keith Higgins (head coach) and Jeff Cox. Not pictured Player Cedric Chan.

These A’s truly were amazing.

The Athletics of Los Altos & Los Altos Hills Little League completed a perfect season Thursday with a one-run win over the Cubs in the finals of the Minors AA Division tournament.

“Our kids had a season I think many will remember for the rest of their lives,” head coach Keith Higgins said. “We worked very hard, we had a lot of fun, we got a lot better and we had a very successful and rewarding season.”

The A’s finished 23-0, which may make them the first Minors AA squad (ages 8-10) in league history to go undefeated.

“We don’t know for sure – they don’t track every season – but to the best of one of the commissioner’s recall, it’s never happened before,” said Tom Poppitz, A’s assistant coach. “But the 23-0 can’t be disputed – that’s locked in.”

The last five wins came in the 10-team league tournament at Purissima Park in Los Altos Hills. The A’s routed the Red Sox 18-3 in their May 30 opener, edged the Giants 8-6 two days later and crushed the Cardinals 13-2 June 7 to reach the championship round.

Facing a team that was also 3-0 in the double-elimination tourney, the A’s needed to beat the Cubs twice to claim the crown. The A’s clipped the Cubs 16-14 June 8 and eked out a 7-6 win Thursday.

“The Cubs are a very good team and very well coached,” Higgins said, “and we had to play our absolute best in the final game.”

The A’s jumped to an early lead in the title-clinching contest. They scored three runs – all during a two-out rally – in the first inning and two in the second. After three innings of what Higgins described as “stingy defense,” the A’s allowed two runs in the fourth that made it a 5-2 game.

But the defense flourished in the fifth, as A’s shortstop Andy Higgins made “two heroic outs,” Poppitz said, to keep the Cubs from getting closer.

The A’s added two runs in the bottom of the fifth frame for a 7-2 advantage.

But that almost wasn’t enough. The Cubs refused to surrender, scoring four times in the sixth. They had two men on base – with the tying run on third – when the final out of the game was made.

“For anyone who watched, it was one of the most exciting, well-played AA games this year,” said coach Higgins, who attributed the quick contest (approximately 65 minutes) to “the great defenses of both teams.”

While proud of the perfect season, coaches Higgins and Poppitz were just as pleased with the manner in which their A’s went about it.

“It was a thrill to watch our boys develop so much as skillful players, as selfless dedicated teammates and as individuals that won gracefully,” said Poppitz, who worked alongside assistant coaches An-Ti Wang and Jeff Cox. “I couldn’t possibly be more proud of them.”

Added Higgins, “Our kids showed great sportsmanship during the season and battled hard in several games down the stretch that were very close.”

Team members included Rohan Agarwal, Cedric Chan, Johnny Colet, Cole Cox, Andy Higgins, Lance Kluge, Matthew Kumpf, Nasir Naqvi, Matt Poppitz, Sameer Singh, Cameron Wang and Corey Wang.

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