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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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Spunky Spartans


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Anthony Avery is the new quarterback for Mountain View High, moving from the receiver position he played the past two seasons.

Depleted but not defeated. That could be the mantra for this year’s Mountain View High football team.

The Spartans lack players – between 28 and 30 are expected to make varsity – but not determination, according to new head coach Shelley Smith.

“The kids have spunk and character, and we can compete if we have the right mindset,” he said. “The biggest thing is that they believe in what we’re trying to do.”

It’s yet to be seen if Mountain View’s aptitude can match its attitude. The Spartans, set to open the season at home against Burlingame 3:30 p.m. Friday, have few players with varsity experience. The roster includes 10 to 12 returnees, Smith estimated, and a handful of first-year players.

Quarterback Anthony Avery isn’t new to the team, but he is new to the position. The senior started at wide receiver the past two years. He now finds himself throwing passes instead of catching them after last year’s varsity and frosh-soph quarterbacks transferred (senior Will Fischer-Colbrie to St. Francis; sophomore Kyle Gounod to Los Altos).

“He’s never played quarterback before, but he’s working real hard,” said Smith, who intimated that Mountain View would take advantage of Avery’s athleticism.

Jake Butters is tabbed to start at fullback, linebacker and punter. The senior captain “is the ultimate team player,” Smith said, “and like a coach on the field.”

Two juniors are sharing carries at halfback – Austin Johnson and Isaiah Jackson, who start in the defensive backfield as well.

“Austin is one of our best all-around players and we’ll count on him a lot,” Smith said. “Isaiah is pretty quick, but not real big.”

Frank Kapp, last year’s starting tight end, “will play all over the place,” the coach said. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound junior is expected to see snaps at tight end, offensive tackle and defensive end.

Dylan Fluckinger, a 6-foot, 225-pound junior who transferred from Montana, is working at center, linebacker and defensive line. Other linemen who have impressed Smith include offensive guard Kris Reddy (6-1, 220 pounds) and offensive tackle/defensive end Matt McCarthy (6-1, 220), both juniors.

The coach also spoke highly of senior linebacker Brandon Swift and junior cornerback Jonathan Martinez, a first-year player.

With Avery moving under center, Mountain View has little experience at receiver. Senior Jorge Hernandez, also the backup quarterback, joins juniors Nico Mayoral and Peter Snelgrove as candidates to replace Avery as the go-to receiver.

Like several of their teammates, Hernandez and Snelgrove will pull double-duty, starting on defense as well (at safety and linebacker, respectively). Smith said 10 or 11 Spartans would play both ways.

The coach is aware of the toll that could take on the team, particularly when Mountain View gets into league. The Spartans play in the daunting SCVAL De Anza Division, in which they went 1-6 last year.

“We have to plan practices to handle the situation,” Smith said. “We have to be efficient, but not wear them out.”

Mountain View’s league slate includes a brutal stretch of games against perennial playoff teams.

“We play the big four all in a row,” Smith said, referring to Los Gatos, Wilcox, Palo Alto and Milpitas. “It’s like going through the meat grinder.”

The coach noticed something else about this year’s schedule.

“It seems like we’re playing in the homecoming game for a lot of our opponents,” Smith said. “But I don’t mind being the underdog in this thing – it’s a good position. The expectations on the team are high, but we’d rather lay low.”


2013 preseason football: Mountain View High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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