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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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News Briefs

Joint meeting plans prove BCS location a hot potato

The Los Altos City Council reluctantly vetted two requests to wade into the schools fray at its Oct. 8 meeting. A joint meeting scheduled Tuesday with the Los Altos Hills City Council may include discussion on how the cities might assist in negotiations between the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School.

“I’m not sure that we can have a productive, a fruitful, conversation on this,” Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins said. “I just don’t know what the advantage is of interjecting ourselves.”

Councilwoman Megan Satterlee noted that a separate committee was already pursuing site options for Bullis Charter School, echoing skepticism as to the role the council would play.

Councilmembers requested that if the issue is placed on the agenda, it should be scheduled after all other items have been resolved – likely curtailing conversation if the meeting is capped at one hour as planned.

Other items placed on the joint cities meeting agenda include shared funding for a new community and senior center, a joint sewer agreement, sidewalk construction on West Edith Avenue between Foothill Expressway and Cypress Drive and a proposal for a crossing guard to improve safety at the intersection.

Councilmembers also discussed an upcoming meeting with the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees. The council acceded to the district’s suggestion that they discuss skateable art, staggered start and end times at the Egan Junior High and Blach Intermediate school campuses, improving related traffic backups and a report on bike-to-school and walk-to-school programs.

The joint public meeting, not yet scheduled, will include two members of the Los Altos City Council and two officials from the Los Altos School District.

Councilwoman Val Carpenter suggested adding discussion of a school site for Bullis Charter School, but the idea didn’t win wide acceptance. Satterlee described raising the issue as akin to tossing a hand grenade.

MROSD receives award for environmental service

The Santa Clara County Chapter of the League of Conservation Voters is scheduled to honor the Los Altos-based Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District at its 20th annual Environmental Awards. The fundraising event is slated 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 23 at a private home in Monte Sereno.

MROSD will receive an award recognizing its 40 years of environmental service.

Founded by voter support in Santa Clara in 1972, MROSD’s mission is to protect the region’s green foothills. Portions of San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties later became a part of the district with the goal to create a regional greenbelt with other environmental agencies.

The district now spans 550 square miles and includes 17 cities and unincorporated areas, 62,000 acres of open space and more than 250 miles of trails.

Tickets to the awards are a $50 donation.

For reservations and more information, visit scclcv.org.

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