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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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Local events add color to autumn calendar


Town Crier File Photo Local events add color to autumn calendar
Costumed children make crafts during the Halloween Spooktacular event.

Town Crier Staff Report

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees shed their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red during the fall, an abundance of local events add color to the cooling temperatures of the season.
    To herald the arrival of fall, the Los Altos Village Association (LAVA), the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce and a host of other local groups transform downtown Los Altos into a cornucopia overflowing with food, wine, festivals and family activities.

Los Altos Fall Festival
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5 and 6
Downtown Los Altos
    Sponsored by the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, the annual Fall Festival, staged in the North Parking Plaza between State Street and Edith Avenue, showcases more than 150 arts and crafts booths and activities for all ages.
    The event also includes offerings from local restaurants, vintners and microbreweries; live entertainment; and a Children’s Alley featuring games and a train ride.
    For more information, visit losaltoschamber.org.

California Country Antiques and Folk Art Show
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20
Hillview Community Center
97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos
    Established in 1986, the Antiques and Folk Art Show features more than 50 dealers from across the country selling American Country antiques, furniture and folk art.
    Sponsored by the Los Altos History Museum, the show is a fundraiser for the museum.
    Admission is $15 10-11 a.m., $10 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    For more information, visit californiacountryshow.com.

First Fridays
First Friday of every month
Downtown Los Altos
    Los Altos Forward, a grassroots volunteer group dedicated to enhancing the vibrancy of downtown Los Altos, sponsors First Friday events every month. Stores, galleries and restaurants remain open late, and street musicians entertain a strolling crowd. Visitors can shop, enjoy complimentary sweets and participate in merchant promotions and children’s activities.
    For more information, visit losaltosfirstfriday.org/first-friday-events.

‘Recreation With Rocks’ Peninsula Gem & Geology Society Show
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27
Los Altos Youth Center
1 N. San Antonio Road
    The sixth annual Gem and Geology Society show features demonstrations of the society’s lapidary (gem-polishing) skills and sales of handcrafted jewelry, gemstones and fossils from a variety of dealers. The event includes raffle and door-prize drawings.
    Admission is $3 adults, $2 children 12-18, under 12 free (with adult).
    For more information, visit pggs.org/show.htm.

Halloween Spooktacular
12-4 p.m. Oct. 31
Downtown Los Altos
    Local children are invited to trick-or-treat at participating stores during the LAVA-sponsored Halloween Spooktacular. The annual event features face painting, balloon art, crafts, activities, children’s entertainers, Halloween-themed games and, of course, candy.
    For more information, visit downtownlosaltos.org.

Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade
6 p.m. Dec. 1
Downtown Los Altos
    An annual holiday tradition for more than 35 years, the Festival of Lights Parade invites visitors to step into “A Child’s Fantasy.”
    The parade, staged on Main and State streets, includes lighted holiday floats; local high school marching bands; illuminated, costumed characters; and the star of the show, Santa, with his sleigh and reindeer.
    For more information, visit losaltosparade.com.

Holiday Carriage Rides
Dec. 9-27
Downtown Los Altos
    To further bring the magic of Christmas to life, LAVA offers 30-minute rides after 5 p.m. in illuminated, decorated horse-drawn carriages through the winter wonderland of downtown Los Altos.
    The carriage holds up to four adults and two children, Cost is $90 per ride. Rides proceed rain or shine – no cancellations or refunds.
    For reservations and more information, call
949-5282 or visit downtownlosaltos.org/events/holride.html.

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