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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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DOROTHY W. BROWN

OBIT DorothyBrown

1919 - 2013

Dorothy Brown (“Nana”) passed away on July 30, 2013, three weeks shy of her 94th birthday. She was born on August 19, 1919 at the Palo Alto hospital to Charles W. and Josephine D. Wright.

 Her one sibling, Arthur Wright, preceded her in death. Dorothy was a loving mother to her daughter Dyan Hubb (Gary), grandmother to Lori (Jim) and David (Jamie), and great grandmother to David, Kelly, Molly and Stephen Rowse and Madelyn Hubb.

Dorothy was a lifetime resident of Palo Alto and Los Altos Hills. As a child, she grew up on the family’s apricot ranch in Los Altos Hills, riding her pony to and from the one room Purissima grammar school. She attended Palo High School where she met and married her high school sweetheart, Alan Brown.  They were married over 50 years when Alan passed away in July 1990.

Shortly after they were married, Alan enlisted in the Navy and Dorothy and Dyan moved to San Jose to live with relatives.  Dorothy immediately found work at the P.M. Mill to support her family and the war effort while Alan was away. Alan’s return to San Francisco on a dilapidated navy frigate was a story Dorothy loved to share with close friends and always brought tears to her eyes. After the war, Alan and Dorothy owned Brown’s gift stores in Palo Alto and Los Altos for 12 years and then Dorothy worked in the food service departments at both De Anza and Foothill Junior Colleges before retiring in 1980.

Throughout her life Dorothy’s passions included her family, her friends, and her animals. While living at her family ranch in Los Altos Hills, she surrounded herself with them all. She had a love of life that was infectious to all those around her, always up for an adventure, whether it be a late night ride on her horse, a weekend road trip to Tahoe or Fort Jones, or a 6 week journey around the US. And, though confined to a wheelchair in her later years, she always was ready to go wherever the road and her family and friends took her. Her unwavering love, kindness and enthusiasm are dearly missed.

Many thanks to the caring staff at Emeritus at Harden Ranch who cared so dearly for Dorothy in her final years.

Dorothy was interned next to her husband Alan at Alta Mesa Cemetery in Palo Alto. A celebration and remembrance of her life will take place at a later time.

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