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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 Briefs

The Terraces opens

for ice cream social

The Terraces at Los Altos retirement community has scheduled “Music on the Green,” an ice cream social, 2-4 p.m. Sunday at 373 Pine Lane.

The event will feature ice cream in the Gazebo, root beer floats and make-your-own sundaes; banjo music and an informal sing-a-long; a balloon artist; a face painter; an information table with brochures about care available at The Terraces’ new Health Center; a construction update; and tours of the facility’s new swimming pool.

Admission is free and open to residents, neighbors and local schools families.

For more information, call (800) 230-2976 or visit theterracesatlosaltos.com.

MV Senior Center hosts Resource Fair

The Mountain View Senior Center has scheduled its annual Senior Resource Fair 2:30-5 p.m. Sept. 26 at the center, 266 Escuela Ave.

The event will feature information on blood-pressure screenings, home care, housing, health, transportation, medical and life insurance, legal aid and volunteer opportunities.

Light refreshments will be served.

The city of Mountain View, El Camino Hospital and the Community Services Agency of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills co-sponsor the event.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 903-6330.

ECH sponsors workshops for family caregivers

El Camino Hospital has scheduled Family Caregiving 101, a series of free workshops designed to help family caregivers.

• 7 p.m. Sept. 26: “How to Increase Balance and Decrease Falls,” with Ellen Corman, MRA, and Tamar Semerjian, Ph.D.

• 7 p.m. Oct. 24: “Stress Reduction Techniques,” with Vickie Chang, Ph.D.; Ginger Oros, LMFT; and Janice Ososke, health, wellness and fitness entrepreneur.

• 7 p.m. Nov. 14: “Understanding Family Dynamics,” with Vivian Silva, MSW, and Christina Irving, LCSW.

Workshops are held at Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center, 270 Escuela Ave., Mountain View.

The Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Stanford Geriatric Education Center and the Family Caregiver Alliance co-sponsor the workshops.

To RSVP and for more information, call 289-5499 or visit avenidas.org.

Avenidas schedules Caregiver Conference

Avenidas has scheduled its 10th annual Caregiver Conference 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Mountain View Senior Center and the Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center.

Dr. Edie Yau, director of diversity and inclusion for the Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter, is slated to deliver the keynote address, “Compassionate Communication.” Yau will outline strategies for improving communication skills in connecting with memory-impaired individuals and helping caregivers prepare for and respond to behavioral changes.

Session topics will include end-of-life caregiving, legal services, coping with cognitive decline and managing hospital stays.

Cost is $35 before Sept. 20, $40 after. Lunch is included.

The city of Mountain View and Home Instead Senior Care co-sponsor the event.

The Mountain View Senior Center is located at 266 Escuela Ave., and the Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center is adjacent at 270 Escuela.

For a schedule, to register and for more information, call 289-5435 or visit avenidas.org.

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