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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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Ohlone Day celebrates lifestyles of earliest Los Altos residents

The Los Altos History Museum travels back hundreds of years to relive the days of the area’s earliest residents during “Ohlone Day,” scheduled 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 5 at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The free, family-friendly event is tailored to elementary school-age children, particularly second- through fourth-graders.

Ohlone Day celebrates the museum’s permanent exhibition, “Crown of the Peninsula,” which recently underwent a $100,000-plus renovation in the Ohlone, Rancho and Mission sections.

“When so many materials came back to us from display at Hidden Villa and Redwood Grove, we knew it was time to expand our permanent exhibit – it was time to tell the Ohlone story more fully,” said Laura Bajuk, the museum’s executive director.

A tule boat and other artifacts are still on display, supplemented by pestles, mortars and baskets from neighboring tribes. Six drawers contain interactive displays and story snippets, as well as relics not seen before.

“When the historic Halsey House in Redwood Grove is restored as an education center, as we hope it will be, we’ll work with the city to support their programs on the Ohlone,” Bajuk said.

Four teachers will oversee Ohlone Day activities, including a variety of games to practice hunting skills, a crafts area, acorn preparation and a food tasting featuring jerky, dried blueberries and pine nuts.

With well over 100 years of teaching experience between them, Mary Kuperman, a regular docent at the museum, will be on hand with fellow educators Vicki Holman, Mary Gotcher and Sandy Kelley.

“We’ve taught about the Ohlone for many years,” Kuperman said. “I’ve always been interested in Native American culture and studied their basket weaving.”

Thought to have settled in the region approximately 1,500 years ago, numerous politically autonomous Ohlone “tribelets” dotted the Bay Area, living in village groups of 200 or so people.

Ohlone settlements tended to cluster near the creeks and marshlands of the Bay.

The Los Altos-area Ohlone tribelet, called the Puichon (pronounced “pwee-chin”) claimed the territory between Stevens and San Francisquito creeks as their own.

In 1971, an ancient Puichon Ohlone dwelling site was accidentally discovered along Adobe Creek near O’Keefe Lane. From this archaeological site came the extensive Florence Fava Collection, now housed at the Los Altos History Museum.

For more information, visit www.losaltoshistory.org.

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