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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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Spartans shut out in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High tight end Frank Kapp is tackled after catching a pass during a 45-0 loss to Burlingame Friday.

An 87-yard touchdown by Burlingame’s Robbie Baumgarten on the game’s opening kickoff proved ominous for Mountain View in a 45-0 loss to open the season Friday.

The opening score was part of a 31-point first-half outburst for the Panthers (1-0 overall), who gained 156 yards rushing and another 108 yards through the air against the Spartans (0-1 overall). Mountain View, meanwhile, managed 193 yards of total offense – including 155 yards rushing – but committed three turnovers in the loss.

Spartans head coach Shelley Smith conceded that his team was a work in progress.

“This is a building process, and I thought we’d get off to a better start than what we did,” Smith said following his first game at the helm of the Spartans football program. “Now we have to kind of lick our wounds and start over. We’ll use it as a learning experience. We have to – it’s the only way we’re going to get better.”

Burlingame struck early and often in the first quarter. On Mountain View’s first play from scrimmage, quarterback Anthony Avery turned the ball over on a botched halfback pitch, resulting in a 34-yard field goal by Seamus Gill with 9:42 to go and a 10-0 Panther lead. Five minutes later, Burlingame struck again with an eight-play, 52-yard drive that ended an 11-yard touchdown run from Griffin Intrieri for a 17-0 lead.

Mountain View’s offense sputtered early, advancing no farther than Burlingame’s 32 in the first half. The Spartans saw a promising drive fall short early in the fourth quarter, driving 60 yards on 11 plays before Nico Mayoral dropped Jorge Hernandez’s halfback pass in the end zone on fourth-and-goal.

Still, Smith credited Avery – a converted wide receiver – for his play under center. The senior quarterback finished the game just 7-of-17 passing for 38 yards and an interception, but led the team with 55 yards rushing.

“For his first varsity game, I have to say, he did well,” Smith said of Avery. “He’s going to learn as he goes, but he’s committed to trying to get the job done.”

The Panthers added two more touchdowns in the second quarter – getting a 3-yard touchdown run from Intrieri with 10:32 left, followed by a 29-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Avery Gindraux to Steven Cosenza at 4:41.

The Panthers opened the third quarter with a pair of touchdowns in less than a minute, getting an 8-yard touchdown pass at 8:33 from Gindraux to Cosenza and a 20-yard touchdown run at 7:49 by Gill – who also converted all point-after attempts for the Panthers. Gill’s touchdown came after a fumbled kickoff return by the Spartans.

Los Altos earns lopsided win in opener

Los Altos scored 41 points in the first quarter of a 61-0 final over Burton Saturday, giving Trevor Pruitt his first win as head coach of the Eagles football program.

Senior Victor Ruiz scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams – hauling in a 51-yard touchdown pass from Lambie Lanman before scoring on an interception and returning a punt for a third score.

Lanman finished the game 3-of-5 passing for 89 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Sean Lanoza rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns on three carries – including a 79-yard scamper. Running back Patrick Vargas also scored twice in the season-opening win.

Lancers blank Oak Grove

The St. Francis football team scored four touchdowns in the first half en route to a season-opening 28-0 road win Friday at Oak Grove.

In his first game as the Lancers’ sixth head coach since 1958, Greg Calcagno saw his team’s offense combine for 222 yards rushing and three touchdowns in the win. Cameron Meszaros led the team with 76 yards rushing on 16 carries, while Alex Andrighetto combined for 60 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. Cole Cassidy added 46 yards on 10 carries as well.

Linebacker John Powers led the Lancers on defense with three of the team’s six sacks in the win over the Eagles.


2013 Football: Mountain View High School v. Burlingame - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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