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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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LASD welcomes new administrators

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees is scheduled to approve the appointments of two new principals, an assistant superintendent for curriculum and another district office position Tuesday.

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Alyssa Gallagher will transition into a new district position that focuses on strategic innovation projects and community partnerships. A private donation to the district will fund the part-time post.

Almond School Principal Nancy Davis will replace Gallagher as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. After returning from a leave of absence, Davis served as principal at Almond for two years. Previously, she was principal at Covington School for three years.

Erika Benadom will succeed Davis as principal at Almond next year. Benadom is currently principal at Paradise Valley Elementary School in the Morgan Hill Unified School District. Prior to her stint as principal, Benadom served as a vice principal at School City, a student performance database company, and as director of technology for the Lennox School District.

“(Benadom) is a dynamic presence,” said Superintendent Jeff Baier. “She has solid experience in leading a very involved community. She is fluent in Spanish, which will serve her well at Almond School.”

Baier added that Benadom said she is very excited to come to Los Altos.

“We are thrilled to have her as part of our team,” he said. “She will add great value at Almond and will bring leadership to the district administrative team as well.”

The Gardner Bullis School community experienced its share of leadership changes this year.

After Principal Erica Gilbert departed at the beginning of the school year, the district hired Courtney Cadwell to take the helm. Mid-year, Cadwell took a leave of absence and retired former district Principal Linda Eckhols stepped in, serving through the end of April. Gardner Bullis kindergarten teacher Kate Goines is currently serving as interim principal through the end of the school year.

In the fall, Katie Kinnaman is slated to take over as principal of Gardner Bullis. Formerly a math and science lead teacher in the Palo Alto Unified School District, Kinnaman’s career in education began in 2005 and includes positions such as summer school administrator, second-grade teacher and math and science teacher at the junior-high level.

“(Kinnaman) has been watching the innovative education we have been delivering in the district and was excited to join the team,” Baier said. “She has a strong background in math and science, which will be great for our community. She has a fantastic knowledge of effective instruction and will be very valuable to the Gardner Bullis community.”

The principal-selection process included input at each school from panels of parents, teachers and administrators who interviewed the candidates.

The incoming principals are scheduled to meet with their new school communities before the end of the school year. Kinnaman is slated to visit Gardner Bullis May 31 and Benadom will visit Almond June 7.

“These are two terrific women who I think will thrive in the environment we have here,” Baier said. “During the interview process, they both spoke passionately about students and learning – which is what we are all about.”

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