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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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New start for nonprofit agency: CHAC schedules tours of miracle headquarters Friday


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Monique Kane stands outside CHAC’s new office.

Monique Kane, executive director of the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC), was all smiles as she gave reporters a tour of the nonprofit agency’s new headquarters at 590 W. El Camino Real in Mountain View. Staff moved into the new offices in late June.

“It’s been an enormous help to the interns,” said Kane of the expanded workspace. “They can find quiet places. The new building is perfect for us – it’s professional yet warm and inviting. It is so much more spacious than our other site, giving us ample room to serve our clients. We will be able to offer more groups and classes due to (the availability of) several large spaces.”

And that’s important to the work of an agency that has been counseling and educating at-risk students and their families since 1973. The support, offered at low or no cost depending on financial ability, serves 33 K-12 local schools.

CHAC has scheduled an open house 5-7 p.m. Friday to enable local residents to tour the new facilities. The evening will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, courtesy of the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, and remarks from Mountain View Mayor John Inks and Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian.

The 7,330-square-foot building, acquired in a land swap with the Malek family, more than doubles the size of CHAC’s previous headquarters at 711 Church St. The Maleks eyed the Church Street building as vital to development of an adjacent office-condominium project at 605 Castro St.

Kane frequently refers to the new building as “The Miracle on El Camino.”

Gone are the cramped, overcrowded rooms. The new building boasts more than 20 offices, a conference room and a large training room that can accommodate up to 156 people. Colorful walls along the hallways feature the artwork of CHAC employees. A mural, painted earlier this year by current CHAC interns, brightens the far wall of a 12-stall underground parking garage.

For more information on Friday’s event, call Carrie Carsten at 965-2020, ext. 119, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information on CHAC, visit chacmv.org.


CHAC moves into new office - Images by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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