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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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Community Briefs

Lecture covers Bulgari exhibition

Fine-arts docent Kay Payne is scheduled to deliver an illustrated lecture on Bulgari jewelry 7:30 p.m. today in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Payne’s presentation will complement “The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita and Beyond, 1950-1990,” the exhibition featured at San Francisco’s de Young Museum Saturday through Feb. 17.

Since its founding in Rome in 1884, Bulgari has become synonymous with innovation and luxury in jewelry design. There are approximately 140 show-stopping pieces along with sketches that illuminate the process used to create the jewels. American clients are emphasized, with several pieces from the collection of the late actress Elizabeth Taylor.

For more information on the lecture, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org.

For more information on the exhibition, visit deyoung.famsf.org.

LALE highlights high-tech library tools

To introduce cardholders to its resources, the Los Altos Library Endowment (LALE) has scheduled its first After Hours at the Library program, “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow,” 7-9 p.m. Friday at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Director Sandra Hirsh of the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University will discuss “Library Technology: Connecting with the Community.”

In addition to the discussion, library staff and volunteers will be on hand to demonstrate new technologies and resources available to library users, including The Whipple Collection (the complete collection of the Teaching Company’s Great Courses available for checkout) and a new early-literacy program in the children’s area using iPads.

Librarians and LALE board members will be available to offer explanations and answer questions in each of the demonstration areas.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For reservations, call 948-3421 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information, visit lalendow.org.

Historic Bike Tour rides again

GreenTown Los Altos has scheduled the second Historic Bike Tour of Los Altos 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday beginning at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The 8-mile tour will cover various local points of interest and include stops at nearly two dozen of the city’s historical sites and homes. Riders can learn the stories behind the sites and their significance. The tour finishes back at the museum for lunch.

The tour will stop at the old Farnsworth Farms House, the Winchester-Merriman House and the Paul Shoup House. Riders will also view the new David and Lucile Packard Foundation headquarters.

Participants should bring their own water. Restroom facilities will be available at the museum and at approximately the halfway point. A bike mechanic will be on duty during the ride. A signed waiver of liability is required upon registration.

Cost is $20 per person, free for children under 18. Proceeds benefit GreenTown Los Altos and the Los Altos History Museum.

To register, visit historicbiketour2013.eventbrite.com.

For more information, call 948-9427 or visit losaltoshistory.org.

Federated Woman’s Club hosts author Chapman

The Federated Woman’s Club of Los Altos has scheduled author Robin Chapman to speak at its Oct. 2 meeting at Michaels at Shoreline, 2970 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

A business meeting is slated at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon and the program at 1 p.m.

Chapman, author of “California Apricots: The Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley” (History Press, 2013), is a Los Altos native and graduate of Los Altos High School.

Armed with a scholarship from the Federated Woman’s Club of Los Altos, she headed to UC Santa Barbara, where she graduated with high honors.

Chapman earned a master’s degree in journalism from UCLA and worked as a television reporter and anchor on the West Coast and in Washington, D.C., where she covered the White House, Capitol Hill and the Supreme Court.

Chapman’s book pays tribute to the apricot and its historical significance to the region.

Admission is open to the public, but reservations are required.

For reservations and more information, call 948-3553.

Pathways breakfast features ‘Argo’ author

Pathways Home Health & Hospice has scheduled its 23rd annual One from the Heart Awards Breakfast 7:30-9:30 a.m. Oct. 10 at the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.

Keynote speaker Tony Mendez is a retired CIA agent and author of “Argo,” the book that inspired the Academy Award-winning movie.

Tickets are $100.

For tickets and more information, call (408) 730-1200 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Honorees sought for awards banquet

The Los Altos and Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards Committee invites local organizations to nominate volunteers for the 2013 awards.

Nominees must be individuals or organizations whose volunteer service benefited the communities of Los Altos and/or Los Altos Hills. The nominating form must be completed and accompanied by a minimum of two supporting letters of recommendation.

The awards committee will select the honorees and by mid-November notify those who submitted nominations. Luncheon invitations will be sent out the first week in November.

The committee is scheduled to honor the winners Dec. 13 at Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos Hills. Deadline for submissions is Nov. 13.

For more information, visit jointvolunteerawards.com.

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