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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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JEAN LONGSTRETH WHITE

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Jean Longstreth White died August 9, 2013 in Los Altos, CA. Her kind and generous heart couldn’t sustain her any longer, although it will continue to be an inspiration to family and friends.

She is survived by her daughter, Marilyn Waterman of Houston  TX, her son, Richard White of Los Altos, her granddaughters, Sara Waterman Hicks of San Antonio,TX, Lauren White of Seattle, WA, Katherine White of Oakland, CA, and her grandson, David Waterman of Houston, TX. Her loving husband of 59 years, Lester White preceded her in death in 2001.

Alice Jean Longstreth was born on August 31, 1917 in Richmond, IN. Her musical talents were evident at a young age -- she became an accomplished pianist, cellist and vocalist during her high school years. She attended Miami University and went on to nursing school at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, OH. She was working as an RN in San Antonio, TX in 1941 when her brother, Joseph introduced her to a fellow air cadet at Kelly Field, Lester White. They were married in March of 1942, just a few months before he left for European and North African WWII service. After military service they settled in Miami, FL and started a family. They later moved to rural, eastern OH in 1954 where she dedicated herself to supporting her husband and raising two young children on a working farm, sometimes on her own when her husband was traveling on business. Jean also returned to nursing part-time at the local county nursing home when her children were older.  

Upon retirement, they moved back to the place she really loved, Florida. There she enjoyed playing tennis, swimming and social bridge games with her many friends. In 2007, when her health required it, she relocated to Los Altos to be near family. Her ashes will be buried with her husband and parents in Richmond, IN in a private ceremony at a later date.

Her children feel so blessed to have had such strong and loving parents. Now Mom can rest in the loving arms of God with the spirits of all those who loved her. Her family would like to express their sincerest gratitude for the professional and compassionate care received by Jean from Bridgepoint of Los Altos, Vitas Hospice and the Morningstar caregivers in the final phase of her life.

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