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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 High's strength is in singles, but coach is counting on doubles, too


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High senior Kacey Incerpi, playing No. 2 singles, is undefeated this season.

The Los Altos High girls tennis team relies heavily on all the single ladies, but the doubles players will most assuredly have to contribute if the Eagles are going to be a hit this season.

“Our strength is in singles, like last year, but you also need strong doubles to win high school matches,” said coach Hung Nguyen, whose team is off to a 4-3 start. “We need the doubles to pick it up and take some pressure off the singles, and I think they will.”

The singles ladder is anything but rickety, featuring the formidable foursome of Juliette Martin, Kacey Incerpi, Carina Burdick and Whitney Mathews. They entered this week with a combined record of 23-3.

Sophomore Martin is in the top spot, just ahead of senior Incerpi, who played No. 1 last year.

Martin “is stronger than last year,” Nguyen said. “She has a bright future and should dominate by senior year.” Martin has a 5-2 record.

Incerpi is undefeated (7-0) and “playing her best tennis,” the coach said. “She’s been really good this year. She has drawn interest from several colleges, according to Nguyen.

Burdick sports the same spotless record, wowing the coach with her play.

“She has all the shots,” said Nguyen, who added that the versatile sophomore excels in doubles as well. “She’s the most gifted, in terms of strokes.”

Although Burdick is at No. 3 singles, the coach said she and No. 4 player Mathews “are very close” and the two have swapped spots on occasion. Mathews, a junior transfer, is 6-1.

Unlike in singles, Los Altos is stocked with seniors in doubles. Five of the team’s six seniors are doubles players, but only a few of them saw extensive action last year.

Nguyen said he is still “trying to find the right combinations” in doubles. Avery Ikeda and Anica Nangia are establishing themselves as the top team – winning both matches at No. 1 last week – while fellow seniors Elizabeth Fuchs and Haley Jones are in the second spot.

Junior Nina Kamangar and sophomore Niki Moha have been playing No. 3 doubles, though junior Brittany Cheng and senior Laura Shea “are in the mix, too,” Nguyen said.

Another player may soon join that mix. Madeline Bourquin, a transfer from St. Francis, “is waiting in the wings,” Nguyen said. The junior will be eligible to play Oct. 7, according to the coach, who envisions the junior playing No. 3 doubles or in relief in singles.

If the doubles players continue to improve, which Nguyen is confident they will, the Eagles might just exceed last season’s success. Los Altos reached the third round of the Central Coast Section playoffs after tying Lynbrook for third place in the SCVAL De Anza Division.

“This year, my hope is to finish alone in third or maybe second,” he said.

After opening the season by going 2-2 in the top division of the California High School Tennis Classic in Fresno, Los Altos won two of its three matches last week. The Eagles fell 4-3 to Saratoga in their division opener, beat Milpitas 6-1 in nonleague play and blanked rival Mountain View 7-0. Los Altos won all but one of Thursday’s matches against the Spartans in straight sets.


2013 girls tennis: Los Altos High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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