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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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Mustangs make it through


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Homestead High senior Casey Carroll, a Los Altos resident, has secured an athletic scholarship to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

After surviving an arduous nonleague schedule, coach Gary Carroll said his Homestead High volleyball team – featuring four girls from Los Altos – welcomed the start of SCVAL De Anza Division play.

“I think we’re battle-tested and ready for league,” he said prior to Thursday’s opener at Palo Alto.

Although the division is filled with formidable foes, Carroll can’t imagine it being more daunting than the slate of teams the Mustangs faced in recent weeks. Twelve of their 13 opponents won at least 20 matches last season and two claimed state championships. Homestead tangled with four teams from the vaunted West Catholic Athletic League and ventured to Las Vegas for one of the most competitive tournaments on the West Coast.

Carroll said his team was “tired and beat up” after three weeks of what he described as “the toughest schedule in Northern California.” The Mustangs kept their heads above water, however, posting a 7-6 record with a win over WCAL power Presentation, a 4-3 mark in the desert at the Durango Tournament and victories over Harker and San Benito.

“I hope it bodes well for us,” Carroll said.

So far, it has. Homestead won its league opener in five games, the team’s first victory at Palo Alto in 14 years. The Mustangs and Vikings shared the division title last season.

The coach said his daughter Casey Carroll “blew it up” Thursday night. The senior from Los Altos recorded 22 kills (on 41 swings), 25 digs and four blocks. The team’s other outside hitter, fellow senior Morgan Robinson, added 18 kills.

Carroll, Robinson and juniors Katie Barker (of Los Altos) and Connor Bunka make up a fearsome foursome of hitters. Robinson has already surpassed 100 kills, the 6-foot-1 Casey is closing in on the century mark – despite missing a few matches with a sprained ankle – while Bunka and Barker are in the 50-kill range.

“I don’t think anyone (in the league) can deal with that four-prong attack,” coach Carroll said. “Throw in Maria and Breanna, and we’re tough to beat.”

That would be junior setter Maria Balus, a transfer from Monta Vista, and sophomore middle blocker Breanna Rachel. Each has more than 20 kills.

Homestead can get it done on defense as well. Senior libero Allison Inanoria was voted team MVP last year and the Mustangs should have another big-time back row player when junior defensive specialist Olivia Poulos returns from a leg injury that has sidelined her since their third match.

“We need her,” coach Carroll said of Los Altos resident Poulos, whom he expects back as early as next week. “Not only for her defense, but for her quiet leadership skills.”

Homestead doesn’t seem to lack for leaders, though. The team has three captains: Inanoria, Robinson and Casey. The coach called Casey – a four-year varsity player – “the all-around leader,” adding that her will to win often sets the tone for the Mustangs.

“She has that competitive fire,” coach Carroll said of his daughter, bound for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on a scholarship. “She’s the best competitor in the league, as far as pure desire to win.”

Homestead is scheduled to visit Monta Vista 6:45 p.m. Thursday.


2013 girls volleyball: Homestead High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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