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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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St. Francis High golfer Xu to play in First Tee Open


The First Tee of Silicon Valley is sending three golfers – including St. Francis High’s Nancy Xu – to compete in this weekend’s 2013 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. The Champions Tour event, scheduled Friday through Sunday, will be televised internationally on Golf Channel.

Xu (from Sunnyvale), Michelle Xie (Palo Alto) and Bryan Yan (Fremont) join 78 participants from First Tee chapters for the event, in its 10th year. A national panel of judges who evaluated playing ability, comprehension of life skills, character and education selected Xu, Xie and Yan from nearly 150 applicants.

“I was extremely excited and stunned when I heard I was accepted into the First Tee Open,” said Xu, a senior. “It was a dream that I have had for six or seven years; at the instant I received the acceptance email, I almost couldn’t believe that I had fulfilled that dream. I love the First Tee of Silicon Valley. For me, it will always represent a lot of the happy times I had as a little kid, playing in The First Tee golf team, having fun in the Girls’ Golf tournaments, and going as a group to watch The First Tee Open.”

Xu has been playing tournament golf for approximately six years. She took her initial First Tee of Silicon Valley class seven years ago at age 9, and, like Xie, has completed four of the five levels. She also is active in the American Junior Golf Association, through which she has established a fundraiser that benefits The First Tee of Silicon Valley.

Xu – who enjoys playing the piano and drawing in her spare time – said the money she raises “will not only support the funding of First Tee of Silicon Valley, but also make an impact on other juniors as well.” She added that the proceeds “will help juniors that are talented young men and women who have a desire to better their life through playing junior golf and earning a college golf scholarship.”

Xu and the other participants will be teamed with 81 Champions Tour players and 162 amateurs as they compete for the pro junior title at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Del Monte Golf Course. Play will be conducted on Pebble Beach Golf Links and Del Monte Golf Course on Friday and Saturday, and the final round is set for Sunday on Pebble Beach.

Executive Director George Maxe was excited by the news that The First Tee of Silicon Valley – one of 188 chapters around the country and in select international locations – is among only a handful of chapters with more than one representative.

“We’re thrilled to have Michelle, Nancy and Bryan playing in this year’s tournament,” he said. “All three are longtime participants of The First Tee of Silicon Valley and excellent representatives of our organization and all that it represents – core values, exceptional character, good etiquette and adherence to the rules of golf.”

For more information on the event, visit thefirstteeopen.com.

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