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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.

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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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Eagles expect to compete for league crown


Town Crier file photo
Meghan McDermott is one of four seniors on the Los Altos High volleyball team.

Graduation has gutted several volleyball teams in the SCVAL De Anza Division, putting the league title “really up for grabs,” according to Los Altos High coach Peter Kim.

So can the Eagles – with five returning starters – grab it?

“I’m hoping,” Kim said. “We have a lot of experience and talent. It’s one of our goals – we’d definitely like to be in the mix.”

Los Altos returns nine players in all, many of whom contributed to last season’s playoff team, which finished fourth in the league and 22-15 overall.

Returnees include senior setter Hanna Koehler and junior outside hitter Carmen Annevelink, who earned first-team all-league honors a year ago, and senior libero Katie Tritschler, a second-team selection. Seniors Meghan McDermott (outside hitter) and Michelle Albright (right-side hitter), along with juniors Jenna Hoover (middle blocker) and Joyce Christiansen-Salameh (setter), are also back after playing significant roles last season.

The Eagles have added just five players to the roster, including talented transfer Megan Wilhelm from powerhouse-program Mitty.

“She’s in the race for playing time,” Kim said of the 5-foot-9 sophomore, who plays right-side and outside hitter. “But that’s going to be hard to get for some of the nonstarters.”

As new starters go, Los Altos has one for sure – 5-10 junior Kristen Liu, who Kim said will play alongside the 6-1 Hoover in the middle. Christiansen-Salameh may join the starting lineup as well, teaming with Koehler at setter if Los Altos opts for a 6-2 offense.

“I’m leaning toward it,” the coach said of running a two-setter system. “It frees up three hitters consistently in the front row and gives Hanna more of a chance to pass and hit.”

Koehler and McDermott have been named co-captains of the team.

“Hanna is the perfect captain – she’s always upbeat, has a great attitude and is a good athlete,” Kim said. “We’re also going to lean on Meghan’s leadership. She’s super competitive and super consistent.”

Tritschler – whose sophomore sister Sarah is on the team as well – “is one of the better liberos in our league,” the coach said. “She gets a lot of balls, reads offenses well and is competitive.”

Kim also had high praise for outside hitter Annevelink, the team’s tallest player at 6-2.

“She’s our best hitter,” he said. “I expect big things from her this year. She should be one of the strongest players in the league.”

On the right side, 6-footer Albright “has gotten a lot better over the years,” Kim said, and “her blocking is really important” to the team’s success.

The coach expects two other players to bring the blocks as well. Middle blockers Hoover and Liu “will be super important to what we do,” Kim said.

This weekend the Eagles get a chance to show what they can do. They open the season at Spikefest I, an all-day tournament scheduled to begin 8 a.m. Saturday at Independence High in San Jose.

“I’m very fired up to get this season started,” Kim said. “We want to start off running and build as much momentum as possible.”

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