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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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Tour of public sculptures in Los Altos

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Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
“Space Dance for Peace” (1986), Mircea Paul Goreniuc at Lincoln Park in Los Altos.

Following is a list of Los Altos’ public sculptures, their artists and their dates of installation.


In or near downtown
“Walter Singer Bust” (1993), Ingrid Jackson-MacDonald
    Community Plaza
    Corner of Main and State streets
“Jasper Priestess” (2011), Damien Jones
    Corner of Main and Second streets
“Redwood Prayer” (2011), Rick Waltonsmith
    Corner of Main and Third streets
“African Tree” (2011), Rick Waltonsmith
    Corner of Main and Third streets
“Danseuse” (2011), Jeff Owen
    Corner of State and Second streets
“Will You Dance with Me?” (2013), Ed Hart
    Corner of State and Second streets
“Torso 3” (2012), James Hill
    Corner of State and Third streets
“The Guardian” (2013), Karen Cauvin Eustis
    Corner of State and Third streets
“Dancing Heron” (2011), Pat Payne
    Corner of Edith and Los Altos avenues
“Olympic Wannabes” (2000), Glenna Goodacre
    Village Park


In or near civic center
“Diamond Jubilee” (1988), Taro
Seesurat
    Los Altos City Hall
    1 N. San Antonio Road
“Australian Cattle Dog” (1991), Anne Wienholt
    Los Altos Youth Center
    1 N. San Antonio Road
“Dancing Man” (2008), James Moore
    Hillview Community Center
    97 Hillview Ave.
“Smoke” (1997), Steve Bartlett
    Sequoia Fire Station
    10 Almond Ave.
“Dragonfly” (2013), Tammy Bickel
    Rosita Park
    401 Rosita Ave.


Los Altos main library
“ZooScapes” (1997), Maggie Kornman
“Magic Fish” (1994), Hardy Jones
“Seal Head” (date unknown), Anne Wienholt


Lincoln Park
“Imagine That” (1992), Tony Williams
“Space Dance for Peace” (1986), Mircea Paul Goreniuc
“Musical Gambol” (1991), Robert Clements
“Bird” (2013), Riis Burwell


Redwood Grove/Shoup Park
“By the Sea” (2013), Jane Reyes
    Redwood Grove
“Egrets” (1994), Zygmund Sazezich
    Shoup Park
“Veteran’s Memorial – Cradle of Liberty” (1998),
Rebecca Jay Truman
    Shoup Park


South Los Altos
“Pax Nova” (date unknown),
Bill Iaculla
    McKenzie Park
    707 Fremont Ave.
“CT-27” (2012), Richard Starks
    Heritage Oaks Park
    1305 McKenzie Ave.
Replica of Auguste Rodin’s
“The Thinker” (2012)
    Woodland Library
    1975 Grant Road
“Convolute of the Square” (1989), Taro Seesurat
    Corner of Fremont and Grant roads
“Dancers” (2004), Michele M. Alcantara
    Corner of Grant Road and St. Joseph Avenue


– Los Altos Public Arts Commission

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