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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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SHIRLEY M. CLARK


November 1, 1929 – August 9, 2013

Resident of Los Altos for 44 years, Shirley passed peacefully at home, surrounded by her loved ones, her books, and the many things she held close to her heart. Born Shirley Margaret Brown in Cordell, OK to Kenneth and Loreta Brown, Shirley moved to San Francisco after marrying James Clark in 1949. They relocated to Mill Valley in 1950, where they raised their four daughters until their divorce in 1966, and Shirley and the girls moved to the South Bay.

Shirley is survived by her daughters, Jamie Zamen of Mountain View, Kyle Taylor (Mark) of Cupertino, Becky Bahn (Jim) of Ben Lomond, and Beth Robles (Bob) of San Jose, as well as her grandchildren Rebecca Zamen, Garrett, Griffin and Hilary Taylor, Derek and Lindsey Bahn, and Ryan and Jordan Robles. Her sister, Barbara Reuter of El Reno, OK and nieces and nephew also survive her. She is predeceased by her grandson Tyler Zamen, and her son-in-law Mark Zamen.

From 1966 on, Shirley raised her daughters by herself, sometimes holding as many as three jobs. But she always found the time to expose her daughters to the world at large, with multiple visits to museums, the California missions, trips to the beach, and even political rallies. Shirley’s many passions included history (she stopped to read every historical marker she passed on road trips), Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, current events, the movies, her garden, her sewing, knitting, needlepoint and many crafts projects, her cats, and of course books of all kinds.

Shirley’s career was in hospital and medical office administration. She oversaw the transitions to automated billing at El Camino Hospital, Alexian Brothers Hospital, and many local medical clinics. She was the office manager at Camino Medical Group in Mountain View for many years, and because of her love of the movies, she owned and operated Video Land on Miramonte Avenue in Mountain View during the mid-1980s. 

The family would like to thank Dolores Regalado and her children for their love and care of “Grandma” for the last year and a half, and a special thanks to Garrett Taylor, Shirley’s grandson, for being her housemate, caregiver, and doting companion for the last several years. She loved you all so much. And thank you to the Sunnyvale Health Care Center, Pathways Hospice, and the Neptune Society for their help during this emotional time. 

To honor Shirley’s memory, she would want you to read a book. Services will be private.

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