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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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RUTH HORNICK SPENCER

OBIT RuthSpencer

Our beloved mother, Ruth Hornick Spencer, was called to her Lord and Savior on Monday, September 23 at the beautiful age of 90 years old. She was greeted at her heavenly reward by her parents, brother and her husband of 60 years, Bill C Spencer, who preceded her in death in 2006. 

Ruth was born on the south side of Chicago on March 12, 1923. Ruth was the apple of her dad’s eye (he died when she was 12 years old) and had the tenacity, boldness and self confidence of her mother.

In 1945 a young, handsome airman from Oklahoma was on leave in Chicago and was struck by this beauty sitting at the bar! He made it a point to see who was under that wide brimmed hat, and hence the love affair that lasted 60 years began.

They raised their family in Dallas, TX. Andrea was their first born, followed ten and a half months later by Renée and son, Craig. It was a modest beginning but Ruth was a very creative, resourceful mother and homemaker. She was determined to have the best for her kids, and when the World Book Encyclopedia salesman come knocking on the door, she knew she wanted those for her kids, but money was tightly budgeted. So…She went to work for World Book to earn Andrea, Renée and Craig a set! Hence, the beginning of her career with World Book that spanned over 40 years. Ruth spent her life trying to help others get ahead thru knowledge.

In 1996 the family was transferred to the San Francisco peninsula and Ruth fell in love with the California weather and lifestyle.

For over 25 years Ruth was actively involved in the Federated Women’s Club of Los Altos, CA. serving as president on several occasions and still selling those World Books!

In 1999, Bill and Ruth moved to Sun City in Georgetown, Texas to be closer to family. In 2009 Ruth relocated to El Paso, where her daughter Andrea lives.

Ruth has spent her life being a friend and supporter to many, always enacting gestures of kindness and generosity. She has touched hearts and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Her mantra was always: “It is in giving that we receive”. She was a devoted Catholic; bold in her beliefs and stood firmly on God’s promises.

Surrounded by her children at her passing and left to cherish her memory are Andi Meece (Tom) of El Paso, TX, Renée Jantzen (Gene) of Sun City Georgetown, TX and son, Craig (Beth) of San Francisco, CA.

Grandchildren Matthew Meece, Megan Paul (Zach), MacKenzie Miller, Morgan Buchek (Brian), Connor Spencer, Lauren Spencer and Caroline Spencer.

Great-grand children, Braden, Brody and Brielle Buchek.

Special appreciation goes to her friend and devoted caretaker, Patty Avila and Willie Olmstead with Hospice El Paso.

Funeral Mass for our mother was held on Thursday, September 26 at 11:00 am at Queen of Peace Church, El Paso, Texas. Services entrusted to Martin Funeral Home West, 128 N. Resler Dr., El Paso, Texas 79912. www.martinfuneralhomewest.com

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