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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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Ecstatic about his Eagles


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High quarterback Lambie Lanman drops back to pass during practice last week. The senior is a returning starter.

Those who pitied Trevor Pruitt for taking the job of head football coach at Los Altos High may soon envy him.

A week into practice, the Eagles – who suffered through a winless 2012 season – looked much better than their new coach could have ever imagined.

“I thought it was going to be a rebuilding process, but it’s turning out to be the exact opposite,” Pruitt said. “I think we can compete for the El Camino championship.”

The leap from worst to first in the SCVAL El Camino Division may appear daunting, but Pruitt is confident Los Altos has what it takes to compete with the likes of Homestead, Monta Vista and Lynbrook for the crown.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am about this team,” said Pruitt, hired in February. “We’re tall, big, strong and fast.”

The former Mountain View High offensive coordinator expects the Eagles to hold the advantage in every game when it comes to measurable traits.

Los Altos’ size, in particular, will be difficult to match; the roster includes a slew of 6-footers, many of them weighing more than 200 pounds. And there may not be a bigger player in the league than Sami Fakalolo, a 6-foot-3, 360-pound junior.

Pruitt said Fakalolo “will anchor our defensive line.”

The coach also has high hopes for another nose tackle – 6-3, 275-pound freshman Tonga Keti.

“He’s learning and we’re giving him a chance (to play varsity),” Pruitt said of Keti, who wears size 17 cleats. “He had never played football before, but he has rugby experience and is aggressive.”

Opposing teams that get by Los Altos’ stout defensive line on runs up the middle will likely encounter another imposing figure in Ofisa Pati, a 5-11, 275-pound middle linebacker.

“He’s quick for his size,” Pruitt said of Pati, who will play alongside fellow senior Josh Williams. “He’s a big-time defender.”

The coach is just as excited about outside linebackers Duke Myers and Max Wilber. Although neither senior played on the team last year, Pruitt said they have the athleticism (both are standout baseball players) to contribute right away on both sides of the ball.

The coach described Myers as a “hybrid” who will take snaps at running back, receiver, tight end and even quarterback.

“He can do it all,” Pruitt said of Myers, who transferred from St. Francis High last year. “He hit the ground running.”

Wilber is also a transfer student; he played for Pruitt as a freshman at Mountain View High three years ago. The linebacker/tight end “is a key guy,” the coach said. “He leads by example.”

Quarterback Lambie Lanman is one of the few returning starters on offense. The studious senior is “working hard” to learn Pruitt’s offense, according to the coach.

“He texts and calls me all night long,” Pruitt said with a chuckle. “He won’t leave me alone.”

The coach added that Lanman – who also excels in baseball – is drawing interest from Ivy League colleges.

“I don’t think there’s a better quarterback in the league,” Pruitt said. “He’s a team leader, and nobody works harder.”

Look for speedy receiver Victor Ruiz to be among Lanman’s favorite targets.

“He’s an amazing kid who works hard,” Pruitt said of the senior, set to start at safety on defense. “He’s going to be an explosive player for us this year.”

Lanman shouldn’t have trouble finding two other players in the mix at receiver – 6-4 Patrick McColl and 6-3 Matt Schoner.

“Patrick is a great kid and he’s very intimidating,” Pruitt said. “Max is one of our fastest kids.”

Schoner is the team’s kicker as well and is vying to start on defense at cornerback.

Patrick Vargas “is going to carry a lot of the load” at running back, Pruitt said. The 5-9, 165-pound sophomore “is fast and has really good vision,” he added.

Sean Lanoza, a junior, is at fullback.

If bigger is better, the offensive line should be solid with the likes of Pati, Phillip Almeda ( 5-11, 240 pounds) and Henrik Berner (6-4, 260 pounds), a transfer from Norway.

While Los Altos has more size than a year ago, the increase in the number of players may prove even more important to the team’s success. The Eagles began last season with a 34-man roster and were down to only 18 healthy players a month later, forcing them to forfeit a game.

Los Altos is up to 40 players this year.

“We have a great turnout so far,” Pruitt said. “I’m really proud of the kids.”

The Eagles are scheduled to scrimmage against host Carlmont 7 p.m. Friday and open the season 1 p.m. Sept. 7 against visiting Burton of San Francisco.


2013 preseason football: Los Altos High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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