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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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Circuit race returns to Foothill; ‘Learning Curve’ set for Sunday


Photo By: Town Crier file photo
Photo Town Crier File Photo

Kate Finegan, right, won the Women’s Pro/Category 1/2 Open Division at last year’s Foothill College Circuit Race.

Organizers of the third annual Foothill College Circuit Race, “The Learning Curve,” were not able to find a major sponsor for this weekend’s event, but they said the 12 individual races are spoken for.

The fundraising race is scheduled 8 a.m. to 5:40 p.m. Sunday at the Los Altos Hills community college.

The course is a clockwise 1.09-mile loop around campus with 60 feet of climbing per lap. Race categories include Juniors, Elite Men, Elite Women and Masters.

The Learning Curve raised approximately $6,000 over the past two years, according to Brenda Davis-Visas, Foothill director of facilities and special projects. Proceeds go toward constructing a bike path from El Monte Road to the pedestrian bridge on campus. The project is estimated to cost $700,000.

“We have a very long way to go, and probably more every year as inflation goes (up),” said Davis-Visas, who came up with the idea for the race.

Foothill officials work with the Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club to organize the event each summer.

According to Barry Gordon, club president, the race has undergone a few changes this year. It has been upgraded in status and is now part of the Northern California Nevada Cycling Association (NCNCA) 2013 Women’s Race Series, the NCNCA 2013 Junior Points Series and the USA Cycling Road Development Race Series.

“It just means that the race has greater status in the cycling community and that more people will participate in the event to obtain more series points for the NCNCA Women’s Race and Junior Points Series,” Gordon said. “Also, juniors that do well in the USA Cycling Road Development Race Series will be invited to national cycling training camps.”

Registration is available online at bikereg.com or on the day of the event starting at 7:15 a.m. next to the starting line. Registration closes 10 minutes prior to each race. Race fees range from $15 to $35, with $10 added after Thursday.

Davis-Visas encourages those who are not participating to come out and watch the racers in action.

“The race is fabulous to watch – you feel the hot air as they go through,” she said. “Even just to see what they do for an hour (is worthwhile).”

For more information, visit foothillcollegecircuitrace.com.

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