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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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Behind the business: Stylist teaches the art of a chemo coverup


Courtesy of d. simon and trisha morales photography
Los Altos stylist Sarah Zebb offers makeovers and lessons for women like Cindy Dang, who is undergoing chemotherapy.

Los Altos Hills resident Sarah Zebb has styled hair and makeup for decades locally, and over the years her understanding of who sits in the salon chair has changed.

“Over 30 years doing hair, I lost clients to cancer – some of them going through chemo. I feel like with my job, I’ve got to help somehow,” she said. “For me, working with hair, I see a lot – maybe more than normal people, because I’m in this business.”

Once or twice a month Zebb heads to Stanford Hospital and other treatment centers to give makeovers and teach women trade secrets to coping with skin changes and hair loss.

Zebb went to the Veterans Administration Health Care System’s Palo Alto campus last week to beautify Cindy Dang, a veteran who was getting married while undergoing cancer treatment.

“She served our country, I wanted to make her feel good for her wedding that day – I wanted to do my part for her,” Zebb said.

She volunteers for a program administered by the American Cancer Society, Look Good, Feel Better. In addition to providing haircuts and makeovers, Zebb brings makeup kits to give away and offers tutorials on how to paint over some of the treatment’s pernicious physical effects. To fundraise for the program, offered free to participants, Zebb is harnessing her scissors and blow driers for an event 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday. From her chair at Voila Salon at 221 State St., Zebb will offer haircuts and blow-outs, with all proceeds going to the Look Good, Feel Better program.

“The whole thing is to put a smile on their faces,” she said. “Things like this show community, the support – that we all have to get involved and help. Everybody is touched by this, not just one person.”

Women and men undergoing cancer treatment don’t just shed hair and eyebrows – their skin tone and coloring can change, and days spent at war with their body can affect how they feel about their look. One woman told Zebb that going through chemo treatment itself hadn’t been as bad as losing her hair and eyebrows.

“A lot of these women come in – they don’t even wear makeup, but because they’re going through treatment they want to wear it – it makes them feel better. Self-image and self-esteem is so important for women,” she said.

Participants can experiment with wigs, hats and turbans, pick up tips from other women getting the training and learn advanced eyebrow art. Eyebrows can be a particular sticking point – many women don’t have experience drawing in faux brows, and a hat can’t mask their loss, Zebb said.

Next week’s fundraiser isn’t the first time she’s touched locks in Los Altos with an eye to cancer fundraising – you may have seen her set up outside Starbucks a few months ago, chasing donations with the offer of a bright-pink extension, tied into your hair while you wait.

For more information, call Zebb at 823-2441 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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