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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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Piecing it together : Mosaic artists show their work downtown at Main Street Cafe


Apala Egan/Special to the town Crier
April Maiten is among the artists slated to exhibit their mosaics at Main Street Cafe & Books throughout August.

Longtime Los Altos Art Club member April Maiten is putting the pieces together.

Maiten founded “Full Spectrum Mosaics: Artists of Silicon Valley,” an artists’ network, four years ago. Mosaic work is a distinctive field of art wherein artists use a variety of materials, including glass, ceramics, semiprecious stones, rocks, metals and any other items that might catch their fancy.

“Creating mosaic art is a lengthy process,” said Maiten, a Los Gatos resident. “It may take weeks to complete a piece, and an item might take up to a hundred hours to make.”

Maiten is among the artists scheduled to exhibit their mosaic works at Main Street Cafe & Books in Los Altos during August.

Two Los Altos residents, Kathy Richardson and Vaishali Sanghavi, are slated to display their artwork. The participating artists are set to appear at the cafe noon Aug. 31.

Richardson’s work consists mostly of architectural pieces such as backsplashes and panels for fire pits, with bold and dramatic elements in vibrant colors. Sanghavi creates a number of smaller pieces that highlight attention to detail.

Glass by its very nature is heavy, so manipulating the individual pieces can be difficult, Maiten said of her process. She added that outdoor mosaics require a different set of glues and only certain types of material are suitable for external displays.

“Within the world of fine arts, people tend to view mosaics more as a craft rather than an art form, and some museums will not want to show it,” she said. “People see our work and appreciate it for what it is.”

According to Maiten, there is an entire range of things artists can do with mosaics.

“Mosaics have been discovered in ancient Greece and Rome, too,” she said. “We would like to make those in the business of art view it as a form of art as well.”

The Bay Area boasts a number of mosaic artists, and Maiten said community support is especially strong in the Los Altos area.

Los Altos Hills hosted a juried exhibition at town hall, and the Los Altos Senior Center has displayed mosaic artwork. Restaurants such as Brian’s, The Original Pancake House and Main Street Cafe & Books have supported the mosaic artists’ efforts as well.

Main Street Cafe & Books is located at 134 Main St., Los Altos. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, visit aprilarts.com.

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