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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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In us we trust, I think: The Rockey Road

Wow, we’re one of the highest-ranked school districts in the country. Our kids are smart and they have ample opportunities to become successful college graduates. And they’re polite.

But we can’t seem to keep them safe on their bikes or free from stress.

School has been in session for only a few weeks. and over the span of three days, there were three bike/vehicular accidents of which I am aware – maybe there have been more.

And just weeks before school started, emails were flying around making accusations and getting parents all fired up about the legal battle between LASD and BCS. If you don’t know what those acronyms represent, then good for you – you don’t need the stress that comes along with knowing.

I realize that the battle between the two organizations is not cut and dried. I realize that it’s a legal mess that will continue for a very long time. But while that battle is in force, our kids are still going to school and still growing by the minute. We try to shield them from the mess, but can we? How many hours have parents spent online, on the phone, at meetings and at the grocery store talking and arguing about this case?

I have tried not to get involved or speak my mind, and maybe you’ll consider that irresponsible of me, but I don’t care. My children come first, and wherever they go to school, I will be there to offer my support to them and to their teachers. Am I thankful for the groups fighting for my side? Of course I am, but I don’t feel that I could personally have an impact.

And speaking of impact, I would like everyone to take extra caution while driving. How many kids deserve to be hit by cars because the drivers aren’t watching for them? Zero.

A car hit my very good friend’s son while he rode in the bike lane to school a few days ago. Fortunately, he is fine, but he shouldn’t have had to go through that. Sure, he was able to get up and go to school with scrapes and bruises, but I’m sure he’ll be rattled for a while. The very same morning, a car hit a girl who was biking to school.

A few hours ago I saw another student hit while riding his bike to school. He was hurt and could not get up and go to school, but he was sitting up and looked as if he were going to be OK.

I have children and they ride their bikes to school. Please watch out for them and don’t hit them with your cars.

I could be any parent right now. No one wants his or her child to be hit by a car or endure stress from a legal battle. However, it’s happening, and no matter how careful we are, it will continue to happen, but we can minimize the chances.

Some people react to emails and some people rush in the mornings. Try not to react and rush. Be patient. Let an email sit for a while. Leave a few minutes early or be a few minutes late – it’s not the end of the world. Losing a child is the end of the world.

When you get into your car, please put your phone down. Whoever you are and whatever kind of job you have doesn’t matter because you are not more important than that child you are about to hit. And take the time to look for cyclists before you turn.

We can give our children all the opportunities in the world to get through some of the best colleges, but they have to survive to get there.

Now, go hug your kids or grandkids and tell them to have fun being a kid and to watch for cars, even in crosswalks. Please, and thank you.

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