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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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Plight of local homeless topic of annual CSA breakfast


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
CSA Executive Director Tom Myers, right, congratulates Jean and Barbara Mordo on their “Hometown Heroes” award.

The homeless are everywhere, even in affluent Silicon Valley, and they don’t fit the stereotype of the dirty panhandler on the street corner.

Tom Myers, executive director of the Community Services Agency of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, made that point during CSA’s annual “Hometown Heroes” breakfast, held Friday at the Microsoft Corp. headquarters in Mountain View.

Myers showed the audience a portion of Bill Moyers’ recent documentary, “Homeless in High Tech’s Shadow,” which featured some local homeless people who could be mistaken for young engineers and others who had jobs but could not afford a place to live.

CSA, which provides a safety net of support for the struggling, assists a wide range of people through its food and nutrition center, homeless services and help for seniors, including a lunch and nutrition program.

Myers said that of the 110,000 estimated residents in Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, 1 in 17 is a CSA client. That number increased nearly 300 over the previous fiscal year, from 6,279 in 2011-2012 to 6,558 in 2012-2013.

Acknowledging the innovations of Silicon Valley, Myers wondered whether “we can harness that brain power” to fix the homeless problem.

Los Altos City Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins, a CSA board member, noted that the nonprofit’s goal is not offering a handout, but “a hand up.” Myers pointed to CSA’s mission statement and the agency’s desire to promote “stability, self-reliance and dignity.”

Honorees at this year’s event included CSA volunteers Jean and Barbara Mordo of Los Altos and past and present Mountain View City Councils for their ongoing support.

“At CSA, all things done here are outstanding and very worthy of your time and effort,” Barbara Mordo said.

Oscar Garcia, president and CEO of the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, said he and his family have used CSA in times of need.

As he reminded the large gathering at the “Hometown Heroes” event: “You’re just one tragedy, one life circumstance away from needing services from CSA.”

For more information, visit csacares.org.

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