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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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Police Blotter

Two-alarm fire ravages Mtn. View homes

A two-alarm fire engulfed one home and damaged another on Orangetree Lane in Mountain View Saturday night.

According to Mountain View Police, 911 dispatchers received several calls regarding a house fire at approximately 7:49 p.m. Upon arrival, Santa Clara County Fire Department responders found the single-family home engulfed in flames – with the fire spreading to a neighboring home.

After evacuating residents and evaluating the blaze, fire officials called a second alarm at approximately 7:57 p.m. A gas meter with an active leak caught fire during the incident, police reported. On-scene firefighters gained control and extinguished the blaze at 9 p.m. PG&E later secured and capped the leaking gas line.

Police described damage to the homes as “extensive.”

No one was injured as a result of the fire, which rendered the properties uninhabitable, police added. The incident remains under investigation by county fire officials.

Purse thefts

Sept. 3, 11:19 a.m., Dior Terrace: A resident contacted police to report that an unknown suspect stole her purse from her unlocked car.

Sept. 3, 2:08 p.m., 700 block of Berry Avenue: An unknown suspect stole a purse from a classroom at Loyola School.

Drug arrest

Sept. 4, 12:09 a.m., Foothill Expressway and Arastradero Road: Police arrested a 25-year-old male for violating his probation after discovering that he was in possession of marijuana. The suspect, arrested after originally being pulled over for a moving violation, was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

Burglary attempt

Sept. 4, 11:53 a.m., 700 block of Altos Oaks Drive: An unknown suspect tried unsuccessfully to break into a medical office by prying open a window screen.

Residential burglaries

Sept. 4, 8:59 p.m., 600 block of Camellia Way: An unknown suspect entered an open garage and stole a $4,000 bicycle from the residence. The homeowners told police that they accidentally left their garage door open prior to leaving home.

Sept. 5, 8:09 a.m., 700 block of Casa Bonita Court: An unknown suspect forced entry into the garage and stole a bicycle valued at approximately $4,000.

Vandalism

Sept. 5, 10:22 a.m., 1100 block of Covington Road: An unknown suspect damaged a fence and other property on the grounds of Blach Intermediate School.

Auto burglary

Sept. 7, 8:28 a.m., 200 block of Cuesta Drive: An unknown suspect smashed the window of a vehicle, stealing two bags containing clothes and paperwork. The vehicle was parked in the victim’s carport at the time of the incident.

– Diego Abeloos

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