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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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A touch of Gray : Former Cottage Green owner returns with European-inspired furnishings store


Gray opened her newest venture, Atelier Gray last week after a three-year hiatus from Los Altos.

A familiar face returned to downtown Los Altos last week.

Sylvia Gray, previously the proprietor of the Cottage Green on First Street (now the site of Bumble), opened the doors to her newest venture – Atelier Gray – Aug. 6 at 358 State St.

Similar to Cottage Green, owned by Gray for five years before closing more than three years ago, her new retail location offers an “edgier” blend of new and vintage European furnishings and decor, as well as handcrafted items from California artists. Gray described her shop as an “ongoing, changing workshop” and told the Town Crier that one of her goals is to stand out from the standard antiques store.

“Part of this business for me is (that) I really want to specialize in finding the unusual,” said Gray, who noted her penchant for repurposing vintage items, including a vintage French butcher’s rack that she fashioned into a bar in her showroom. “I want people to walk into the store and say, ‘I’ve never seen anything like that.’ … I don’t want to be formal – I want to be livable and current.”

Gray added that with a mix of old and new, as well as the repurposed, describing her new business isn’t always easy. She noted that while she has always been fond of European antiques, she also sought to support local artists when she started hunting for a new retail location a year ago. She said Atelier Gray accomplishes both of those desires.

“I’m not quite sure what I am. … I guess I’m just a unique, creative person,” said Gray, who worked as a corporate consultant before undergoing a career change and purchasing Cottage Green eight years ago. “This is eclectic. I’ve always wanted to be that way.”

For Gray, returning to the confines of downtown Los Altos is also a homecoming of sorts. She noted that while she hopes her wares appeal to a broad audience in Los Altos, she’s also seen many former Cottage Green customers walk through her new doors in the short time Atelier Gray has been open.

All in all, she added, the early results on her return to Los Altos have been positive.

“I’m here and I have a great following – which helps,” said Gray, who noted that she will occasionally feature items on consignment and enjoys finding specialty items requested by customers. “I’ve made a lot of great friends here. It’s just great to see some of my old customers.”

For more information, call 917-9788.

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