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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 native goes from tech to fashion after the birth of her son


Ellie Van houtte/
Los Altos native Nicole Pollock, left, recently became a consultant for Carlisle along with her mother, Linda Oloff, right. The Class of 2000 Los Altos High graduate hosted her first trunk show in August. Town Crier

Nicole Pollock is lending a fashionable hand to busy Los Altos women trying to balance careers and motherhood. And with good reason – she’s one of them.

After a decade of working as a marketing and advertising professional for several local high-tech companies – including most recently in Google’s Commerce Division – Pollock recently changed professional gears and became a high-end fashion consultant for New York City-based Carlisle.

Pollock, a Class of 2000 Los Altos High graduate, said she made the career switch shortly after the birth of her son, Benjamin, now 10 months old. Her new role allows her to enjoy two vastly different roles simultaneously – mom and business owner.

“I really wanted to enjoy this special time in my life and put my attention into (Benjamin), but I still wanted to do something for me as well,” said Pollock, who began her new business earlier this summer. “I think it’s a constant battle for women when they start families to make that choice.”

Still, Pollock readily conceded that her new career choice requires plenty of support from those around her, including her husband. She also turned to another mom – her own – to provide a helping hand.

Together, Pollock and her mother, 20-year Los Altos resident Linda Oloff, hosted their first invitation-only trunk show in August. The event transformed Oloff’s Los Altos home into a weeklong fashion boutique for local moms and business professionals.

“If I’m going to be working hard on something and taking time away from my baby, I want it to be something I enjoy,” said Pollock, who drew inspiration to become a Carlisle consultant based on her mother-in-law’s 16 years as a consultant for the company. “Luckily, I have a lot of support. My mom helps me so much. She’s supportive – I couldn’t do it without her.”

Oloff, meanwhile, said her decision to join her daughter was multifaceted. The arrangement gave her the opportunity to spend more time with her daughter and grandson, while also supporting her daughter’s desire to have a career.

“She should have something of her own – and I’m happy to help her do that,” said Oloff of Pollock.

Forget the mall

Oloff and Pollock said they also recognized an unfilled need among busy Los Altos women. They determined to provide a relaxed, individually focused experience for those who simply don’t have the time or will to brave mall crowds.

“People in Los Altos – and the surrounding areas – don’t necessarily want to go to Valley Fair mall to go shopping,” Oloff said. “People want to be nearby because they don’t have a lot of time.”

Pollock said she aims to provide the personal touch by hand-delivering orders of garments to each customer’s home or workplace.

“We try to create an environment that people enjoy coming to and an experience people want to come back to. … It’s about the individual experience and that individual attention,” she said.

The duo noted that there’s also more to their business than simply trying to create an agreeable environment for customers. Carlisle’s garments offer high quality without department store markups, Pollock said. Carlisle garments, she added, are made from fabrics that originate from the same Italian mills as Prada, Valentino and Chanel lines.

“The clothing speaks for itself. You don’t have to be a salesperson,” said Oloff, who noted that the pair is slated to host a second trunk show Oct. 16-22.

Pollock said that while she’s hoping to see her business grow in the future, she’s focused on enjoying the time she has with Benjamin while simultaneously embarking on her new career.

“I’m working harder now than I did in the past 10 years, but I’m having fun and I’m enjoying it,” she said with a chuckle. “That’s the weirdest part of it all.”

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Local mom and daughter start home fashion business - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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