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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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Guido wins twice on golf course at chamber tourney


Courtesy of Julie Rose
The winning foursome at the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament included, from left, Martin Nguyen, Kurtis Ferchau, Mike Guido and Joerg Ferchau.

Last week’s 24th annual Los Altos Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament proved to be a win-win event for Mike Guido. He was part of the winning foursome and also placed first in the longest-drive contest.

Guido, Joerg Ferchau, Kurtis Ferchau and Martin Nguyen combined to post the best score in the scramble-format tournament, held Aug. 5 at Los Altos Golf & Country Club. PricewaterhouseCoopers and Efficient Drivetrains Inc. sponsored the foursome.

A foursome sponsored by Zoom Imaging – Chris Clark, Joe Power, Kevin Jarvis and Matt Castaneda – finished second.

Later, Guido and Jaclyn Campi each took home a prize for hitting the longest drive among the men and women, respectively.

Susanna Pau and Cary Liu placed first in the two-person best-ball category. Ruth Chu and Larry Chu came in second.

Ron Carrie won the closest-to-the-pin contest, while Ken Haukom took home the prize for the most accurate drive.

Sandy Wihtol and Ray Skitt putted unsuccessfully for the $5,000 putting contest prizes.

Courtyard by Marriott Palo Alto-Los Altos was title sponsor of the event. Silver Sponsors included: Armadillo Willy’s BBQ; Campi Properties Inc.; Casas Riley & Simonian LLP; Chef Chu’s; EverBank; Intero Real Estate Services; Los Altos Optometric Group; May Construction Inc.; Mission Trail Waste Systems Inc.; Rees Properties Inc.; Residence Inn by Marriott Palo Alto-Los Altos; Sereno Group Real Estate; and Torrey Pines Bank. Le Boulanger donated boxed lunches and Whole Foods Market and Gordon Biersch Brewery supplied refreshments on the golf course.

“We are pleased with the generous support we get from the business community for this annual fundraiser,” tournament chairman Brian Whitlock said.

Two hole-in-one prizes went unclaimed – a Mercedes-Benz sponsored by HammerAuto.com and a Baume & Mercier timepiece sponsored by Gleim Jewelers. State Farm Insurance/Jim Flynn and Al Ward sponsored the putting and longest-drive contests, while Adobe Animal Hospital was the cart sponsor.

Last week’s event included a barbecue buffet, followed by an award presentation, silent auction and several prize drawings.

Tournament proceeds support the chamber’s primary core functions of encouraging a strong local economy and promoting the communities of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

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