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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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Police Blotter

Crew raises stink over porta-potty

Los Altos police last week responded to a spat between construction contractors that started over the use of a porta-potty and ended when one worker maliciously threw a sledgehammer at another man.

The incident began when a construction contractor’s white Ford Ranger pickup pulled up in front of a job site on the 1800 block of Robles Ranch Road. A passenger quickly exited the truck to use a porta-potty stationed at the site but was admonished moments later by an on-site worker for not obtaining permission first.

Police noted that while the passenger apologized, the truck’s driver began yelling at the on-site worker for scolding his acquaintance. The argument became more heated and the driver eventually reached into the truck bed and picked up a 5-pound sledgehammer, while the worker simultaneously reached for a carpenter’s hammer. The driver heaved the sledgehammer in the worker’s direction – missing his target – before jumping in the truck and driving hurriedly away from the scene.

The on-site worker subsequently contacted police, who are now seeking to identify the driver.

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call the Los Altos Police Department at 947-2770.

MVPD arrest three connected to scam

The Mountain View Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit last week made three arrests in connection with a series of armed robberies that occurred earlier this year on Tyrella Avenue.

Police arrested Mountain View resident Nazario Cruz along with a juvenile after serving a warrant on the 50 block of Evandale Avenue.

In addition, police arrested Jose Urias after issuing a warrant on the 300 block of East O’Keefe Street in East Palo Alto.

The three suspects were taken into custody without incident, a department spokesman said.

“We have been working diligently on this case since the original incident in May of this year,” said Mountain View Detective Kevin Galloway. “This case was non-trivial and required us to really strategize how we were going to uncover these suspects, who were extremely brazen in their tactics.”

According to police, the suspects posed online as females seeking blind dates. The scam included a request by the supposed female to have the victims supply a large amount of cash so that they could watch her roll around in it. The scheme lured male victims to a designated meeting place, where two men robbed them, one of whom was believed to be in possession of a firearm.

There were three confirmed incidents of robbery using the scam in Mountain View, Galloway said.

Anyone with information on the case is urged to call Galloway at 903-6150, ext. 6624.

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