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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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Transactions

Los Altos

492 Deodara Drive, Lim Trust to S. Bae for $2,250,000

1370 Ensenada Way, M. & J. Friesen to P. & K. Patel for $2,325,000

1676 Grant Road, W. Weng to D. Nguyen for $2,660,000

1350 Miravalle Avenue, Sako Trust to Urban West HCC Limited for $1,800,000

1219 Nightingale Court, Balazs Trust to H. Kotbagi for $2,220,000

1025 Rilma Lane, Paige Trust to D. & E. Walther for $2,105,000

540 San Felicia Way, Meade Trust to B. Saik for $2,075,000

487 Tyndall Street #2, K. & A. Button to J. Hultberg for $660,000

577 Van Buren Street, White Trust to D. & E. McElhinney for $2,700,000

150 West Edith Avenue #9, Bullard Trust to G. Vassileva for $800,000

Los Altos Hills

12871 Atherton Court, M. Sheehan to A. Scott for $2,595,000

11210 Hooper Lane, Gray Trust to C. Sun for $3,783,000

Mountain View

128 Ada Avenue #23, J. Cai to Y. Lin for $746,000

1115 Ana Privada, Bracho Trust to M. Gordon for $1,250,000

921 Barbara Avenue, Davis Trust to N. & S. Paymer for $1,305,000

1930 Cappelletti Court, D. Chen to W. & L. Rogers for $1,285,000

1945 Cappelletti Court, J. & M. Ling to P. & G. Fontes for $1,170,000

745 Glenborough Drive, Ertoz Trust to P. Fleig for $1,590,000

2356 Laura Lane, Slack Trust to E. Greenberg for $1,050,000

1255 Marilyn Court, Erickson Trust to S. Jang for $1,580,000

1023 Morton Court, Williams-Ishii Trust to R. Salim for $1,140,000

968 San Marcos Circle, Gonzalez Trust to D. Holevoet for $1,015,000

3414 Shady Spring Lane, Clark Trust to Faerber Trust for $1,756,000

620 Tyrella Avenue, N. & E. Olmstead to S. & O. Kim for $899,000

365 Tyrella Avenue #A, B. & C. De-Zan to Keck Trust for $490,000

100 West El Camino Real #42, M. Ho to K. Swaminathan for $600,000

2527 Westford Way, M. & D. Griego to A. Gruenstein for $1,725,000

928 Wright Avenue #501, L. & S. Solbach to N. Ferris for $751,000

2676 Yorkton Drive, Driscoll Trust to D. & A. Stutzbach for $1,565,000

Overall

Los Altos

Total sales: 10

Highest sale: $2,700,000

Lowest sale: $660,000

Average sale: $1,959,500

Los Altos Hills

Total sales: 2

Highest sale: $3,783,000

Lowest sale: $2,595,000

Average sale: $3,189,000

Mountain View

Total sales: 17

Highest sale: $1,756,000

Lowest sale: $490,000

Average sale: $1,171,588

– Information provided by California REsource. Neither CalREsource nor the Town Crier are liable for errors or omissions.

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