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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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Schools Briefs

Foothill sponsors lecture on universe’s origins

UC Berkeley astrophysical theorist Eliot Quataert, Ph.D., is scheduled to present an illustrated, nontechnical lecture, “How the Universe Went from Smooth to Lumpy: The Modern Origins Story,” 7 p.m. today in Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Quataert’s talk, part of the 14th annual Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, will offer an overview of the modern understanding of the universe’s origins in astrophysics.

Quataert will describe how the universe has evolved to its current state, emphasizing how gravity reigns supreme and builds up the planets, stars and galaxies required for biological evolution to proceed. He will show how, in addition to their scientific importance, these ideas have far-reaching philosophical and religious implications.

Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking lots 1, 7 and 8 provide stair and no-stair access to the theatre. Visitors must purchase a parking permit for $3 from dispensers in any student parking lot. Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and quarters; bring exact change.

For more information, call 949-7888 or visit foothill.edu or astrosociety.org/education/silicon-valley-astronomy-lectures.

Egan schedules e-waste collection

Egan Junior High School has scheduled its annual e-waste recycling day 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the school’s parking lot, 100 W. Portola Ave., Los Altos.

GreenMouse Recycling will be on hand to collect e-waste items and ensure that toxic electronic waste is responsibly recycled.

Proceeds benefit Egan’s Science Department.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Speaker series hosts parenting author

The Los Altos-Mountain View School Speaker Series has scheduled Madeline Levine to discuss “Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success” 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in Los Altos High School’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.

Levine co-founded Challenge Success, a project of the Stanford Graduate School of Education, and authored “The Price of Privilege” and “Teach Your Children Well.”

Levine’s presentation will address definitions of success and the importance of skills based around creativity, collaboration and innovation, and provide research-based solutions for practical modern parenting.

The presentation’s target audience is parents of kindergartners through 12th-graders.

Admission is free.

The Mountain View-Los Altos High School Foundation, the Los Altos Educational Foundation and the Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council co-sponsor the event.

For more information, visit lamvptac.org/category/parent-education.

PNG schedules open house

Partners for New Generations, a nonprofit group that provides mentors and tutors to local students, has scheduled a volunteer information night and open house 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District offices, 1299 Bryant Ave., adjacent to Mountain View High School.

Teens and their volunteer adult mentors do everything from bowling to hiking, cooking and going to movies. Primarily they talk – and listen – to one another. The relationships are designed to help struggling students build self-esteem and find positive direction in their lives.

Through the information night, PNG hopes to attract new volunteers to serve as tutors for elementary and middle-school students and mentors at the high-school level.

To RSVP, call Carole Dorshkind at 766-2162 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information, visit pngmvla.org.

Local groups seek volunteers

JustREAD, a nonprofit, community-funded literacy program, seeks tutors to work at least one hour per week to help middle and high school students with reading.

The program trains tutors to work one-on-one with students in a supervised classroom setting during the school year.

JustMATH, a community-volunteer math-tutoring program, needs volunteer tutors to work at least one hour per week to help students improve their math skills.

To sign up for the next orientation class and for more information, call 940-7402, email Wendy Furuichi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit justreadcenters.org.

JustMATH also seeks a part-time volunteer site coordinator to manage a middle school tutoring program.

For more information on the position, call 940-7402 or email Lisa Cittadino at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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