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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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Eagles upended


Shirley Pefley/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos running back Sean Lanoza tries to escape the clutches of Homestead linebacker Derek Rositas in Friday night’s game.

It’s not often that a running back can rush for nearly 300 yards in a game and get overshadowed by the opposing team, but that’s what happened Friday.

Los Altos High’s Sean Lanoza ran for 291 yards and two touchdowns, yet it wasn’t nearly enough to beat Homestead. The Mustangs sent the Eagles to their first loss of the year, 42-24, behind a ground game that accumulated 542 yards.

Lanoza’s career-best game began with back-to-back bursts of 27 yards on Los Altos’ first series and scoring scampers of 46 and 40 yards in the second half.

“I just wanted to do all I could for the team,” the junior said. “I tried my best to run the ball as hard as I could on offense.”

His head coach took notice.

“Sean Lanoza took the whole Eagle program and put it on his back,” Trevor Pruitt said. “He did a great job.”

While Los Altos leaned heavily on Lanoza, host Homestead implemented a three-prong rushing attack featuring Tim Cheng (213 yards, two touchdowns), Ryan Allemandi (177 yards) and Derek Rositas (146 yards, one TD).

“Their run game played great and our defense just didn’t have it today,” said Pruitt, whose team played most of the night without 360-pound defensive tackle Sami Fakalolo (blow to the head). “We weren’t running to the ball, we weren’t tackling well. Those are signs for disaster.”

Those signs showed up early in Friday’s contest, the SCVAL El Camino Division opener for the Eagles (5-1 overall). The Mustangs (1-1 league, 5-1 overall) marched right down the field on the game’s opening series for a touchdown. They drove 76 yards in eight plays – despite two penalties totaling 25 yards – and scored on Rosita’s 2-yard plunge.

Los Altos cut the deficit midway through the first quarter when Patrick McColl blocked a punt that Carlos Rivera-Salis scooped up and returned 10 yards for a touchdown. The Mustangs blocked the extra-point try.

Homestead was back in the end zone two minutes later, thanks to quarterback Jerome Holloway’s 30-yard pass to Bryan Erickson in the left corner of the end zone. The PAT by John Rak (of Los Altos) extended the Homestead lead to 14-6.

The Mustangs added another touchdown before halftime on Cheng's 22-yard run. Rak’s extra point made it 21-6 with 2:56 remaining.

The Eagles didn’t score their first offensive touchdown of the night until the third quarter. They opened the second half with a four-play, 80-yard drive capped by a 46-yard run by Lanoza, who made a quick cut right and raced into the end zone.

“The run blocking was superb,” Lanoza said. “I couldn’t have done it without my linemen.”

Homestead batted down quarterback Lambie Lanman’s two-point pass attempt, leaving the score 21-12 with 10:35 left in the quarter.

The Mustangs countered with a touchdown on their initial drive of the half, a 2-yard keeper by Holloway. Rak’s kick pushed the lead to 28-12, and it remained that way until the 8:33 mark of the fourth quarter. That’s when Lanman tossed a 22-yard pass to halfback Ben Roach in the right side of the end zone. Los Altos again went for two – and failed.

The Mustangs answered with yet another touchdown, a 4-yard run by Mateo Manjarrez that capped a 10-play, 65-yard drive. Coupled with Rak’s extra point, Homestead led 35-18 with 3:31 to play.

The teams traded long touchdown runs in the final minute – a 40-yarder by Lanoza with 52 seconds left and an 80-yarder from Cheng 15 ticks later.

The loss leaves Los Altos little margin for error if it hopes to win the division title. The Eagles trail Monta Vista (2-0), Cupertino (1-0) and Homestead with four games remaining.

“We gave them life,” Pruitt said of the Mustangs. “We knew that if we beat them today they’d be out of the playoff hunt and we’d be right in it. But give them credit – they came more prepared than we did, and that’s on the coaches. I take full blame for that.”

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