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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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Senior Center Happenings : Provided by Candace Bates, Senior Center coordinator

The Los Altos Senior Center is located at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call 947-2797 or visit losaltosrecreation.org.

Activities

• Men’s Group: 10:30 a.m. Oct. 3, Room 10. The group invites single and married men to enjoy pastries and coffee as they chat with other men.

• Movie Day: 1 p.m. Oct. 4, Room 12. The featured movie is “Argo,” rated R, running time 120 minutes. Free to members, $1 for nonmembers. Popcorn and beverages will be provided.

• Book Club: 1 p.m. Oct. 10, Room 18. October’s selection is “The Shadow of the Wind” (Penguin Press, 2004) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón and Lucia Graves. Participants may bring a bag lunch.

Classes

• An AARP Mature Driving Course is scheduled 1-5 p.m. Friday and Sept. 20 in Room 11. Certification is given at the completion of the two-day class. Cost is $12 for AARP members, $14 for nonmembers. Bring a check to class made out to “AARP” with your AARP number. Reserve a spot in advance by calling the Senior Center.

• A Personal Emergency Preparedness Class is scheduled 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 3 at the Grant Park Community Center, Room 4, 1575 Holt Ave., Los Altos. The city of Los Altos, in coordination with the fire and police departments, offers PEP training. Topics include the impact of an area-wide disaster; a how-to guidebook covering seniors’ health and wellness, fire safety, fire extinguishers, household hazardous materials; emergency planning; and supply-kit preparation. Register with the Recreation Department at losaltosca.gov/recreation.

• The Los Altos Recreation Department has scheduled a number of classes geared to older adults, including Stepping On, taught by professionals at Stanford Hospital for seniors who have fallen or have a fear of falling; and BoneSmart Movement & Beyond, an exercise class that features lectures and demonstrations. For a fall 2013 Recreation Guide, stop by the Senior Center or visit losaltosca.gov/recreation.

Services

• November Smoke Detector Program: Sunset Rotary members volunteer to change old batteries or install new smoke detectors free of charge in seniors’ homes. Leave your name, address and phone number with the Senior Center and a Rotary Club member will call to schedule an appointment.

• Case managers from the Community Services Agency visit the Senior Center 10 a.m. the third Friday of every month to discuss various topics of interest. The Sept. 20 topic will be the Advanced Health Care Directive and Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment forms. The Oct. 18 topic will cover home care and the In-Home Supportive Services program. To make an appointment, call the Senior Center.

Volunteer

• Volunteer the second Friday of the month to prepare a nutritious meal for a maximum of 36 seniors. The volunteer chef works with staff to create a menu, schedules kitchen volunteers, communicates shopping needs and prepares and serves meals adhering to proper time and temperature controls.

• Volunteer to serve as bingo caller. The Senior Center needs a volunteer 12:45-2 p.m. the third Friday of each month to call bingo games, help serve dessert and drinks and help clean up after Birthday Bingo celebrations.

• Volunteer to help with holiday luncheons. The Senior Center seeks three sous chefs Nov. 21 and Dec. 19 to assist with pre-event kitchen preparation. Volunteers are also needed Nov. 22 and Dec. 20 for three shifts – 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 9:30-10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – to assist with setup, decorations and serving.

Scholarships

• The city of Los Altos offers eight scholarships of $200 for Senior Center membership. Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis to qualifying individuals. Applicants must reside in Los Altos and have an annual income under $39,800. To request an application, call Peggy Ford at 947-2790. Los Altos Hills also offers scholarships. For more information, call Sarah Gualtieri at 947-2814.

Donate

• The Monkey Toy Ladies need helpers and donations of used nylons to make stuffed monkeys for sick children at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. The group meets 9:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays in Room 11. For more information, visit monkeytoyladies.com.

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