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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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GLEN GORDON HALLIDAY, M.D

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On the afternoon of September 1, 2013, Gordon passed away after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease, while being tended by familiar and caring staff at The Terraces nursing home in Los Altos, California. He was 87 years old.

Gordon Halliday was born in the town of Pittsburg, Kansas, on May 27, 1926. He was the first child, and the first of three sons, of Amy Brandenburg and Dr. Glen Halliday. Gordon knew at an early age, as he proclaimed to friends and family, that he would someday be a doctor. After graduating from Pittsburg High School in 1943, he attended Pittsburg State Teachers College, in Pittsburg until late 1945 when Uncle Sam came calling. In the Army, he was first trained as an Infantryman at Fort Hood, Texas, and then as a Cryptanalyst Technician for the Signals Intelligence Service. While at Arlington Hall, Virginia, he was involved in the deciphering of captured German communications. Upon discharge from the Army he quickly completed his undergraduate degree in Biology and moved to Wyoming (to be near famed fly fishing rivers) and taught high school Science for a year. Following that, he attended medical school at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, where he met Donna Beth Clark.  On November 7, 1952 Gordon and Donna were married, in the campus chapel in Lawrence. Upon Graduation from medical school in June, 1954, Gordon participated in a medical internship, followed by an Internal Medicine residency in Portland, Oregon. Gordon and Donna moved to Los Altos in 1960, with their three children, John, Rich and Beth, where Gordon and his brothers Roger and Arthur set up an Internal Medicine practice. Gordon and Donna’s family grew by two additional sons, Chris and Tom, after the move to Los Altos. These last two sons continue the Halliday tradition as medical professionals.
In 1964, Gordon, Roger and Arthur moved their medical practice to 778 Altos Oaks, where they continued to practice together until Gordon’s retirement in the early 1990’s. During the Vietnam War he also found time to care for wounded soldiers recently returned from Vietnam. Following retirement from private practice, he again practiced medicine part time at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Palo Alto, until he fully retired.
In addition to family and the profession of medicine, Gordon’s interests were diverse and included a love of well written novels, especially by Hemingway, fly fishing on the streams and rivers of the western United States, traveling with family and friends, driving his Porsche 911, taking evening walks in his Los Altos neighborhood, befriending every dog he ever met, playing tennis, and listening to classical music. Until declining health prevented him from doing so, Gordon was especially fond of outdoor adventures, particularly to mountainous locations and to the coast of northern California.  The town and beach of Carmel was his favorite.
Gordon is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Donna, and children John (Linda), Rich, Beth, Chris and Tom (Lisa), as well as grandchildren Rachel, Clayton, Paul and Allison. Gordon is also survived by brothers Roger (Kay) and Arthur (Judy) as well nieces in nephews in California, Missouri, Texas and Florida.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Spangler Mortuary in Los Altos. The address is 399 South San Antonio Road. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to do so may make a contribution to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.
Special gratitude is expressed to family members and the staff at The Terraces of Los Altos who helped to tirelessly and expertly care for Gordon in his later years. 

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