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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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Los Altos edges Overfelt in football; Mtn. View volleyball falls to Westmont


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Elyse Fitzsimons notched eight kills for Mountain View in a loss at Westmont.

Running back Sean Lanoza’s fourth-quarter touchdown proved to be the game-winner for the Los Altos High football team, which edged host Overfelt 17-10 Friday night.

Lanoza rushed for 66 yards in the nonleague game, 10 of which came on the TD run.

The Eagles (2-0) overcame three turnovers, two missed field goals and the absence of quarterback Lambie Lanman.

With Lanman out for what coach Trevor Pruitt described as “family reasons,” receiver Patrick McColl moved from receiver to quarterback. McColl – who tossed a first-quarter touchdown pass to Victor Ruiz – “led our team to a great victory,” Pruitt said.

The Eagles are scheduled to play their homecoming game 7:30 p.m. Friday against rival Mountain View at Foothill College.

After two games, Mountain View still seeks its first points of the season. The Spartans fell 48-0 at Sacred Heart Prep Saturday; they lost 45-0 to Burlingame the previous week.

Mountain View trailed 14-0 after one quarter of Saturday’s game and 34-0 at halftime.

“Defense played well for the first quarter, (but) injuries caused some issues with depth,” Spartans coach Shelley Smith said. “(We) really did not execute very well after the first quarter on both sides of the ball.”

Mountain View committed five turnovers in total – three interceptions and two fumbles.

Pinewood kicked off its season of eight-man football with a 40-6 rout of Stuart Hall.

Girls volleyball

Mountain View dropped to 1-5 with a four-game loss at Westmont Thursday.

Elyse Fitzsimons tallied eight kills and five blocks for the Spartans; Rosa Lutz and Moira Huang added five kills each.

Los Altos split a pair of road games last week to go to 5-2. The Eagles beat Westmont in four games Sept. 10 and lost to Burlingame in four Friday.

Carmen Annevelink led Los Altos in kills both days, tallying 28 against Westmont and 16 versus Burlingame.

After sweeping Aptos to start last week, St. Francis dropped four-game matches to Bishop O’Dowd and Menlo to fall to 5-3. Taylor Poncetta notched 12 kills in the Sept. 9 win over Aptos.

Girls water polo

Mountain View went 2-1 at last weekend’s Lincoln Tournament. The Spartans bounced back from a 10-2 opening-round loss to Pioneer by beating Santa Teresa 13-6 and Silver Creek 12-3.

In the final game, freshman Kate Atherton scored five goals on seven shots.

“(That) forced Silver Creek to double-team her, which opened things up for the rest of the team,” said coach Drew Enlow, whose Spartans improved to 4-2.

The St. Francis Invitational went to the home team. The Lancers knocked off league foe Sacred Heart Prep 9-4 Saturday in the title game of the tournament.

St. Francis beat Burlingame, Mitty and Clovis West to reach the final. Senior Courtney Batcheller scored seven goals in the 12-4 semifinal win over Clovis.

Boys water polo

Host Menlo defeated St. Francis 10-5 Friday in nonleague action. Shawn Welch scored twice for the Lancers (0-1).

Girls golf

Paced by medalist Nancy Xu, St. Francis opened the season with a 202-224 win over Menlo Sept. 11 at Shoreline Golf Links in Mountain View.

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