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News

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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FRED HANSEN

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Fred Hansen, resident of Los Gatos CA, died unexpectedly due to a fall in his condominium in Puerto Vallarta Mexico September 24th 2013. He was there celebrating his recent birthday and working on plans to build his retirement home.

Fred was a graduate of Los Altos High School in 1969, an Eagle Scout at the age of 13, and active in forming a new Boy Scout troop in that community. While in college, he started several local service based businesses with his brother Karl.  Fred obtained a degree in Sociology/Criminology from San Jose State University in 1976.  He applied his education and passion in a position working with the Tuolumne County Juvenile Probation Department assisting at risk and troubled juvenile offenders to rehabilitate themselves.  He subsequently pursued various business management opportunities and property development projects in the Bay Area, and Oregon, until joining his brother as CFO at The Vita Companies in 1990.  In this capacity Fred became expert at managing all property and financial aspects of the multimillion dollar organization.

Highly self-reliant in his personal life from his youth onward, Fred maintained a diverse and active lifestyle with many people and various interests including playing the piano, driving high performance cars & motorcycles, flying his Cessna TR-182 aircraft, and traveling throughout the world.  He was an accomplished amateur sports photographer who volunteered his skills for several local high school teams.

Fred was a thoughtful caretaker of his mother, Martha Hansen, who precedes him in death.  He maintained lifelong associations with many friends and former coworkers by being generous with his time, advice, and assistance in their lives.  He is survived by his brother Karl, nephew Erik, and nieces Jennifer and Andrea Jane (AJ).  

A local memorial service is planned at the Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave, Los Altos for Fred on October 9th 2013 at 3:30pm.  A reception will follow immediately at the LAUMC Creekside Center.  All are welcome to join in celebrating Fred’s glorious life. 

Fred enjoyed his second home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where he maintained a community of loving friends.  A second memorial service will be help on Saturday, October 12th in the afternoon at Selva Romantica Condos in Old Vallarta.

The family requests that flowers and expressions of love  be shared within your family and loved ones, as we know that Fred  would want the love for each of us to grow and most importantly, be expressed more often within our family and our extended community.

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