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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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Sports on the Side

Nagaraj notches honors

As a finalist for a CIF/Farmers Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, Los Altos Hills resident Eela Nagaraj recently received $2,000. Nagaraj, who graduated from St. Francis High in May, was one of two winners from the Central Coast Section. A boy and girl from each section in the California Interscholastic Federation earned scholarship money for contending for the awards, won by Isabella Bosetti (Justin-Siena High in Napa) and Brandon Miller (La Costa Canyon High in Carlsbad). Established in 1982, the awards identify seniors who excel in the classroom and in athletics, and are strong contributors to their schools and communities. Nagaraj was the captain of the St. Francis girls water polo team, which claimed the CCS title last fall. A National Merit Scholarship winner, she volunteered at Kids Read, Westwind Therapeutic Horseback Riding and Pinehill Residential Care Center. Nagaraj is headed to Harvard University, where she plans to play water polo.

Let’s get physicals

Los Altos High’s sports physicals are scheduled 5:30-7 p.m. Aug. 14 at Taylor Physical Therapy, 885 N. San Antonio Road. Participants are required to bring a completed Athletic Enrollment packet and pay $40. For more information, contact athletic director Kim Cave at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Bike clinic Saturday

The NorCal High School Mountain Bike League has scheduled a free two-day skills clinic for high school riders 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday at Bicycle Outfitter, 963 Fremont Ave., Los Altos. Malcolm Flint, the group’s founder and event organizer, said the first day includes a check of participants’ bikes to make sure they are in working order, an introductory talk about mountain biking and a skills clinic featuring professional rider Will Curtis. The second day is a ride to Arastradero Open Space Preserve in Palo Alto. For more information, visit mvmountainbiketeam.blogspot.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Soccer sign-ups

Registration is open for AYSO Region 43’s fall soccer season. The region serves boys and girls in grades K-12 who live in northern Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. AYSO follows six philosophies: everyone plays, player development, positive coaching, good sportsmanship, balanced teams and open registration. To register and for more information, visit ayso43.org.

Swing for a cause

The El Camino Hospital Foundation has scheduled its 18th annual El Camino Heritage Golf Tournament Oct. 21 at Ruby Hill Golf Club in Pleasanton. To register and for more information, call Kirsten Krimsley at 988-4189 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Coaches wanted

Los Altos High seeks head coaches for two varsity spring sports: gymnastics and boys tennis. Email resumes to athletic director Kim Cave at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Tennis, anyone?

The Los Altos Tennis Club seeks new members. The long-standing club schedules several tennis matches through the year, along with charity and social events. If interested, email membership chairwoman Sherry Barba at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Special coaches sought

Special Olympics Northern California needs coaches for a variety of sports. No prior coaching experience is necessary. For more information and directions to the San Jose office, call (408) 392-0170 or visit sonc.org.

CIF offers newsletter

The California Interscholastic Federation, the governing body for the state’s high school sports, issues a free monthly newsletter via email for parents/guardians of student-athletes in California. The newsletter aims to keep parents informed of issues like health and safety, eligibility and upcoming state championship events. To subscribe or for more information, visit cifstate.org/index.php/parents.

TC welcomes sports leads

Summer’s here, and that means the high school and college teams the Town Crier usually covers are on a break. The Town Crier sports department doesn’t go on a break, though, and is on the lookout for summer sports stories. If you or someone you know is participating in a sport this summer and might make an interesting story, please contact Pete Borello for a possible story. Call 948-9000, ext. 315, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or send a letter to 138 Main St., Los Altos, CA 94022.

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