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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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Those lazy, crazy thumbs of summer: Editorial

We just passed the longest day of the year (we know this because the Los Altos Community Foundation held its Summer Solstice party last week), but many long, hot, lazy summer days lie ahead. There’s also plenty to look back on. So, using our thumbs, we offer yet another review of recent local happenings.

Thumbs-up – and -down: To the city of Los Altos, for its handling of the current phase of the First Street construction project. On the one hand, we praise the city for its swift response in addressing merchants’ concerns about the lack of access caused by trenches between business frontages and the street. Following a letter of complaint from a business owner, city officials immediately directed the contractor to fill in the sidewalk and driveway access in front of the Silicon Valley Mediation Group and California Automotive. On the other hand, the lack of direction to the contractor on how to prioritize the work is what left these businesses frustrated in the first place.

Thumbs-up: To the city of Los Altos, for sponsoring its highly entertaining Summer Concert Series. Thumbs-up also to the Peninsula Symphony, whose administrative offices are in Los Altos, for its rousing June 15 concert at Hillview Soccer Field and for continuing to participate in the series each year. The city offers additional concerts free, folks, so grab a lawn chair and head out to Hillview or Grant Park Thursday evenings through early August.

Thumbs-up: To organizers of and participants in the 10th annual Relay For Life of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, held June 15-16 at Egan Junior High School. While this year’s attendance and fundraising total for the American Cancer Society topped last year’s, they were nowhere near the $600,000 raised at the event’s peak in 2007 – right before the economy tanked. We would love to see the event return to its former glory, because cancer remains a major threat.

Fond farewells: To our old Safeway supermarket on First Street – a crew demolished the structure, built circa 1967, last week to make way for a new market twice its size; to Roy Lave, who officially leaves his longtime post as executive director of the Los Altos Community Foundation July 4; and to plastic grocery bags, which are prohibited when the city’s reusable bag ordinance takes effect July 4.

Finally, a wish, to all residents of this enriched sector of Silicon Valley, for a safe summer, if traveling, and for many kick-back days on the beach, at Lake Tahoe or in your own back yard.

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