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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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Mounting costs squeeze juice bar


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Squirt, The Juice Bar at 352 State St. remains a work in progress as owner Guinnevere Stevens confronts financial challenges.

A local business owner is turning to the public to help finance her new juice bar in downtown Los Altos.

Guinnevere Stevens said she must raise $4,000 to install three sinks, as required by the county’s health inspector, to open Squirt, The Juice Bar at 352 State St. To generate funds for the project, the former-nurse-turned-juice-aficionado recently started an indiegogo.com campaign to reach her financial goal.

A recent transplant from Dallas, Stevens conceded in her message to donors that she wasn’t equipped to handle all the permitting requirements and costs related to opening a business in California.

“I wasn’t prepared for all the California restrictions, regulations and permit fees,” Stevens wrote as part of her crowd-sourcing campaign. “I’m a little bit over budget, and the health inspector wants Squirt, The Juice Bar to have three new sinks installed before we can provide our nourishing, healthful juice to the Los Altos citizens.”

Reached by the Town Crier, Stevens said she’s sunk all of her personal savings into her business and hopes to open her juice bar without going into debt. She added that her public plea for help isn’t something she wants to do and understands the reservations some may have about her campaign.

“It’s an extremely humbling experience,” said Stevens, who aims to offer a wide variety of hydraulic, cold-pressed organic juices. “I just want to make juice.”

But Stevens added that she opted for the public campaign because she feels her juice bar is needed in Los Altos. Stevens noted that she uses 70 percent non-root vegetables in all of her juices – and is even planning to offer bone broth for customers’ canine companions. So far, she said, the reception to her ideas has been positive.

“People have been constantly asking me, ‘When are you opening?’” said Stevens, who hopes to open by mid-October. “I feel like Los Altos really wants this.”

Stevens said she plans to help those who help her. A $10 donation, for instance, earns the donor a $10 juice credit redeemable at Squirt.

Although the campaign is still in its early stages (it ends Sept. 30), Stevens is hopeful that she will achieve her goal.

“I think it’s going to be successful,” she said. “There’s a need for this that’s not being currently met.”

For more information, visit squirtjuices.com or indiegogo.com/projects/squirt-the-juice-bar.

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