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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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MARY WALLACE WHEAT


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1924 - 2013

Carmel- Mary Wallace Wheat, known to all of us as “Mickey”, died in Camel Valley California, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease on May 9, 2013.

Mickey was born September 27, 1924 in Los Angeles, California. The only daughter of James and Mary Blair Wallace, she attended South Pasadena schools, Punahou School in Hawaii and Chadwick School in Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA. She was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Occidental College in 1945 where she was a member and president of the Alpha Sorority. Here she met Richard P. Wheat, a Navy pre-med student.

On December 26, 1945, she and Dick were married and moved to Baltimore, MD where he was now a student at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Together, Mickey and Dick spent 67 years of devoted and happy marriage. They have three sons, David, Kenneth and James who were the pride of her life as were their wives, Barbara, Shelley and Valerie. Her six grandchildren and her two great granddaughters brought her much joy and happiness.

While Dick was at sea as a Navy Medical Officer during the Korean Conflict, Mickey lived in Palo Alto with Dave and Ken and gave birth to Jim. In 1953, with Dick discharged from the Navy, the family moved to Los Altos, California where they settled into the home where they lived the next 50 years and Dick began the practice of medicine. Mickey was always busy with her children, many community activities, and her beloved book club. Her annual Christmas tea was a Los Altos institution. With Dick and her boys she became a camper and backpacker, including three extensive treks in the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal and Kashmir.

Mickey was the epitome of a citizen volunteer. She co-founded the Los Altos Cooperative Nursery School and was a Cub Scout Den Mother with each boy. She was elected to the Los Altos High School District Board of Education and served three terms following which she was elected to the Foothill-DeAnza Community College Board, serving four terms. She was a Trustee of Occidental College. She was a Commissioner on the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities, Western Division, (WASC). She served nationally on the Board and as President of the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities (ABG) and at the State level she served on the board of the California Community College Trustees and the California Elected Women for Education and Research. She was a member of the Executive Board of the Santa Clara County School Board Association and the President of the Santa Clara County Medical Society Auxiliary. Mickey served as the Executive Director of the El Camino Hospital Foundation in Mountain View, California and the Director for Fund Development, Sensory Access Foundation in Palo Alto, California. In 1985 Mickey was honored with the Los Altos Community Service Award.

Mickey will be deeply missed by all her family she loved so much, by her many friends and by the community she served with devotion and distinction.

Mickey’s family would be pleased to have contributions honoring her life sent to the Martha Kantor Fund, Foothill-DeAnza Foundation, 12345 El Monte Rd., Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 (650) 949-6230, or to the charity of your choice.

Visit www.missionmortuary.com for condolences.

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