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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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Los Altos seeks opinions on pedestrian plan


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Residents examine a map of their neighborhood and point out potential pedestrian improvements during last week’s Los Altos Farmers’ Market.

Los Altos is seeking the public’s help as it develops a document to make the city more pedestrian-friendly in the future.

According to Los Altos Transportation Projects Manager Cedric Novenario, the city is soliciting residents’ input on possible pedestrian facility shortcomings in their neighborhoods as part of the process of developing the city’s Pedestrian Master Plan. The existing conditions assessment and outreach effort, Novenario noted, is the kickoff to a five-step approach city engineers and consultants are taking in the plan’s development. The overarching goal of the master plan, he added, is to “enhance the pedestrian experience” in Los Altos.

“If there’s a (pedestrian) safety issue or something else that needs to be addressed, it’ll be part of that pedestrian needs assessment,” Novenario said. “The public is the main user of these (pedestrian) facilities, and they have particular preferences we want to know about.”

To gather residents’ feedback, city staffers, consultants and members of the city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC) last week set up a booth at the Los Altos Farmers’ Market. They plan to repeat the exercise Thursday at the downtown market.

“The way I look at it is, no one knows your neighborhood better than you,” BPAC Chairwoman Suzanne Ambiel said of the city’s request for public input. “There’s no way the city can know of every single problem on every single street.”

Novenario noted that the plan will essentially serve as a policy document for the city as it weighs future pedestrian-related projects. Aside from outlining gaps and needs related to specific neighborhoods and streets, the document will also feature a detailed priority list of five potential projects for the city to consider in future years, he added.

The master plan, Novenario said, will allow the city to pursue additional grant-funding opportunities for pedestrian-related projects.

“Whenever there is a planning document in place with a city, it’s viewed more favorably by funding agencies,” he said.

As part of the plan’s development, Novenario said the city is planning study sessions with BPAC, as well as its Senior and Parks and Recreation commissions. From there, he added, the city will schedule a community outreach meeting in late November or early December. Novenario said a draft copy of the master plan likely won’t be ready until April or May. City council consideration and potential adoption of a final draft is tentatively slated next summer.

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