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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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Used-book sale raises funds for library


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Friends of the Library of Los Altos and Community volunteer Darwin Poulos, right, sorts materials for the group’s upcoming used-book sale.

Biblophiles from around the Bay Area should be swooning this weekend when Friends of the Library of Los Altos and Community hosts its quarterly used-book sale.

With approximately 30,000 books for sale in 25 categories, visitors will be swimming through stacks of titles as they peruse the offerings 6:30-9 p.m. Friday (members only), 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave.

“The two heaviest periods for donations are summer and Christmas vacations,” said Elayne Dauber, Friends of the Library executive board president. “We are literally drowning in books.”

Children’s, teen and foreign-language books are the largest genres on hand, but the sale will also feature an abundant selection of fiction, science fiction and graphic novels, as well as CDs, DVDs, jigsaw puzzles, sheet music and games.

Dauber noted that shoppers can expect the unexpected. In the past, Friends of the Library has received donations that include a kimono, art prints and even a rare, out-of-print book that belonged to Stanford University. Stanford’s library personnel were “very happy to get it back,” Dauber said.

Nearly 25 percent of the books are sold within the first two days of the sale, according to Dauber, who recommended an early arrival for the best selection. The group limits Saturday sales to 15 books per shopper.

As the sale winds down on Sunday, shoppers can stock their bookshelves for $5 per bag.

To process the nearly 240,000 donated books the group receives annually, 60 Friends of the Library volunteers meet weekly year-round to sort and organize books for the sales. Dauber estimated that 100 volunteers are scheduled to work the summer sale.

Friends of the Library raises an average of $50,000 annually from its quarterly used-book sales to supplement the needs of the Los Altos Library. Proceeds support various programs and purchases for the best-seller collections at the library. The group intends to spend some of this year’s revenue to purchase a 3-D printer.

Visitors are encouraged to bring boxes or bags for storing their purchases.

All sales are cash only.

For more information, visit losaltoslibraryfriends.org.

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