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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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Bruins spoil Spartans Homecoming


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View quarterback Anthony Avery tosses the ball downfield Friday.

The Mountain View High football team dominated everything but the scoreboard in Friday’s Homecoming game against Santa Clara.

The Spartans fell 6-0, despite thoroughly outgaining the Bruins (310 yards to 173) and making nearly three times as many first downs (14 to five).

The Mountain View defense turned in its best performance of the season, forcing a turnover and seven punts while limiting Santa Clara to just four plays of more than nine yards. But one of those plays proved to be the game-winner – an 82-yard touchdown run by halfback Adam Garza early in the second quarter (the PAT failed).

Offensively, the Spartans seemed to stop themselves as many times as the Bruin defense did. Mountain View failed to capitalize on two trips to the red zone – turning the ball over on downs at the 4 on its opening drive and throwing an interception at the 18 in the closing minutes – and had a 60-yard touchdown pass called back on a penalty midway through the fourth quarter.

“That’s the story of our year,” coach Shelley Smith said of squandering opportunities, which included reaching Santa Clara’s 26 before taking back-to-back sacks and twice turning the ball over on downs at the Bruins’ 30. “That’s what happens when you have an inexperienced team – we’re going to do this.”

Smith noted that for the third game in a row, his Spartans marched inside their opponent’s 5-yard line on their initial drive and stalled. Mountain View moved from its 20 to Santa Clara’s 4 in nine plays, highlighted by quarterback Anthony Avery’s 48-yard bomb to streaking receiver Austin Johnson. Avery then overthrew tight end Frank Kapp in the end zone on third down and the Bruins got the ball back after stuffing Johnson for a 1-yard loss.

Mountain View’s first possession of the second half got off to a promising start as well. Beginning at their own 20, the Spartans drove to Santa Clara’s 26 with eight straight runs – including Avery’s 3-yard keeper on 4th-and-1 – followed by a 25-yard pass to Kapp. The Bruins sacked Avery the next two plays, however, pushing Mountain View out of scoring position.

After stalling at Santa Clara’s 30 on their next series – an 11-play drive that consumed nearly the first five minutes of the fourth quarter – the Spartans were running out of time and chances.

Mountain View got the ball back with 4:20 left, thanks to a defense that held Santa Clara to only 27 yards in the half.

“Our defense has improved dramatically over the last two weeks,” said Smith, whose Spartans surrendered only a single touchdown for the second consecutive week.

Mountain View appeared to be on its way to a second straight win when Avery threw a 60-yard strike to Johnson for a touchdown with just under four minutes remaining. The play came back, though, thanks to a flag on the Spartans for having an illegal man downfield.

“We got robbed on that call – nothing was wrong on our end,” Smith said. “It was a perfect play and a perfectly thrown ball, and we don’t have those very often. To have to a redo on something like that is kind of tough.”

Avery kept the drive alive, however, completing a pair of 20-plus-yard passes to Kapp and a 7-yarder to receiver Nico Mayoral that put Mountain View at the 18. But Avery was intercepted on the next play, a pass tipped by halfback Isaiah Jackson that landed in the arms of defensive back Alexander Rios with 1:49 to play.

The Spartans would get one last chance. Santa Clara quarterback Antonio Nazario fumbled a minute later, and Mountain View linebacker Brandon Pak recovered the ball near midfield. Avery threw an interception on the next play, however, and Santa Clara ran out the clock.

Although the Spartans sank to 1-4 overall (1-1 in the SCVAL De Anza Division), Smith isn’t giving up on the season.

“We’re getting better. From the first game we played to this game, there’s been a big improvement,” he said. “I think our kids are playing well enough that maybe we can surprise somebody.”


2013 MVHS Homecoming: Football - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

For MVHS Homecoming Court and Homecoming Parade photos, click here.

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