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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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Los Altos

1514 Clay Drive, A. & J. Solis to I. & K. Petzelt for $1,730,000

1631 Dennis Lane, Guerrero Trust to LW Consolidated for $1,000,000

1809 Middleton Avenue, Story Trust to H. Wildfeuer for $1,802,000

667 North San Antonio Road, Farhoud Trust to P. & P. Berny for $2,300,000

664 Oakridge Drive, K. & S. Nabavizadeh to W. Chang for $1,657,500

598 Orange Avenue, Happ Trust to M. Ware for $2,050,000

541 San Felicia Way, Semple Trust to J. Leonard for $2,150,000

153 South Clark Avenue, M. & L. Portnov to Y. & M. Nir for $2,600,000

625 Stardust Lane, J. & K. Payne to J. & K. Nam for $1,950,000

1236 Thorpe Court, E. Kapany to N. Nesmith for $2,505,000

581 University Avenue, Fortis Trust to A. & C. Chan for $1,219,000

1 West Edith Avenue #D126, Sege Trust to Richards Trust for $1,500,000

1691 Whitham Avenue, McGehee Trust to W. & H. Choe for $2,050,000

Los Altos Hills

11991 Murietta Lane, Yang Trust to J. & L. Devine for $4,200,000

Mountain View

1874 Anthony Court, P. & P. Berny to C. Huang for $1,720,000

1191 Awalt Drive, Verley Trust to S. & V. Kumar for $1,570,000

726 Borello Way, Schroer Trust to Glim Trust for $1,198,000

822 Calderon Avenue, X. Launay to J. Carlson for $1,206,000

2025 California Street #25, Kuchan Trust to R. Cairns for $368,000

12 Church Street, V. Taveethamcharoen to Simons Trust for $1,200,000

14 Church Street, Rene Trust to Simons Trust for $1,275,000

233 Cypress Point Drive, Bolitho Trust to M. & W. O’Connell for $852,000

332 Deerwood Court #1104, N. Reyes to K. Schnaitter for $720,000

143 Laurel Way, P. Guo to H. Chui for $1,150,000

1244 Lubich Drive, E. Towle to N. & M. Vu for $1,463,500

1915 Mt. Vernon Court #4, V. Covarrubias to M. Connor for $360,000

2509 Nedson Court, Vanerp Trust to E. Tochip for $854,000

272 Palo Alto Avenue, J. & H. Bitler to D. & M. Jarosz for $1,110,000

519 Piazza Drive #A, Knauss Trust to Infinity Choice for $938,000

99 Sherland Avenue #B, Terao Trust to A. Mathur for $475,000

97 Sherland Avenue #C, N. Downer to Y. Huang for $583,000

49 Showers Drive #A137, B. Jiang to K. Tiew for $596,000

49 Showers Drive #J127, M. Cochran to A. Cutler for $590,000

100 West El Camino Real #56, N. & S. Snapp to P. Dollar for $650,000

500 West Middlefield Road #40, Fambrini Trust to H. Xu for $505,000

Cupertino

10828 Bubb Road, Gheewala Trust to A. Diaz for $2,150,000

10052 Byrne Avenue, N. Radhakrishnan to J. Zhao for $1,570,000

11042 Firethorne Drive, M. Penney to S. Kang for $826,000

10063 Long Oak Lane, Jacobs Trust to L. Warfel for $500,000

10189 MacAdam Lane, Mak Trust to K. Li for $1,000,000

20207 Northbrook Square, P. Guilloteau to G. Auyeung for $813,000

924 Providence Court, Mcleod Trust to V. & R. Nori for $1,450,000

20087 Somerset Drive, Bachtel Trust to R. Sridharan for $1,395,000

19503 Stevens Creek Boulevard #221, Lucky Trust to J. Huang for $855,000

Overall

Los Altos

Total sales: 13

Highest sale: $2,600,000

Lowest sale: $1,000,000

Average sale: $1,885,654

Los Altos Hills

Total sales: 1

Highest sale: $4,200,000

Lowest sale: $4,200,000

Average sale: $4,200,000

Mountain View

Total sales: 21

Highest sale: $1,720,000

Lowest sale: $360,000

Average sale: $923,024

Cupertino

Total sales: 9

Highest sale: $2,150,000

Lowest sale: $500,000

Average sale: $1,173,222

– California REsource

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