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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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Festival reaps positive returns


Town Crier File Photo
According to Los Altos Village Association Executive Director Nancy Dunaway, the 2013 Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival saw a preliminary increase of 7 to 9 percent in wine, beer and glassware sales. 

The early verdict on the 2013 Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival is positive, according to the event’s organizer.

Nancy Dunaway, executive director of the Los Altos Village Association (LAVA), told the Town Crier last week that the festival – held July 13-14 in downtown Los Altos – was a success based on the 7 to 9 percent increase organizers saw in beer, wine and glassware sales. Although she cautioned that the cited sales were preliminary, ballpark figures, Dunaway noted that the festival appeared to pass the eyeball test in terms of crowd size.

“We had a great crowd,” she said of the 34th annual event. “The weather was perfect, which is always helpful.”

Several downtown merchants gave the festival good reviews.

Jim Reynolds, co-owner of Present at 162 Main St., said he took advantage of the occasion to advertise artisan food tastings and other in-store demonstrations via a small chalk billboard in front of his boutique. Reynolds noted that while sales were up throughout the weekend, the biggest boon the festival provided was exposure for visitors new to downtown Los Altos.

“It was excellent,” he said. “There were several hundred people we encountered and talked with throughout the festival.”

Steve Oberhauser, manager of the European Cobblery at 201 First St., said he used the festival weekend to clear his corner store of overstocked items by hosting a sidewalk sale.

“The Arts & Wine Festival was really good for us,” he said, noting that he too experienced an uptick in sales and exposure from the event. “Our corner location (at State and First streets) is really good, too. We had people funneling into our location all weekend.”

Some merchants said the festival seemed similar to past years. Spot Pizza manager Jeff Gilmartin told the Town Crier that his eatery “saw a lot of foot traffic, which is always nice.” But he was hard-pressed to judge whether the crowd was larger than in previous years.

“We went through a lot of slices – a lot of grab-and-go food,” he said. “All in all, it went pretty smoothly … business as usual, as far as the (festival) goes.”

Dunaway said that even if some merchants didn’t see immediate results from the festival weekend, the event should pay off for them in the long run. Festival proceeds benefit LAVA members throughout the year in the form of advertising to encourage shoppers to visit downtown during the holiday season and other LAVA-sponsored events like the Holiday Stroll.

Oberhauser agreed, noting that the festival is the city’s most prominent chance to be discovered by thousands of visitors on one weekend.

“How often do you see this many people in downtown Los Altos?” he asked with a grin. “Two days per year – with this festival.”


2013 Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Los Altos Town Crier

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