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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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Shark sighting: San Jose hockey players visit El Camino Hospital cancer patients


Photo Courtesy of El Camino Hospital
Sharks fan Marie Parise of Redwood City visits with, from left, “Voice of the Sharks” Dan Rusanowsky; Sharks players Tyler Kennedy, Matt Irwin and Jason Demers; and S.J. Sharkie.

El Camino Hospital cancer patients received a special visit Oct. 7 from San Jose Sharks players Tyler Kennedy, Jason Demers and Matt Irwin, joined by Dan Rusanowsky, the “Voice of the Sharks,” and mascot S.J. Sharkie.

The players visited with patients on the inpatient floor and in the infusion center, where they posed with patients for pictures and signed autographs. Several of the El Camino Hospital Cancer Center physicians, patients and their families were able to attend the Sharks’ Oct. 12 game. After the game, the group received a private tour of the facility and met other players.

“Cancer is a disease that still affects too many members of our community, which is why we are grateful to the Sharks for helping us raise awareness, not just during Breast Cancer Awareness month but all year long,” said Shyamali Singhal, M.D., medical director of the El Camino Hospital Cancer Center. “For our patients, having the opportunity to meet some of their favorite players in person gives them additional encouragement to continue their brave fights.”

The visit was part of the Sharks Foundation’s participation in the National Hockey League’s “Hockey Fights Cancer” program, a leaguewide effort to support national and local cancer research institutions, children’s hospitals, players’ charities and local cancer organizations. The hospital and the Sharks have created a multifaceted partnership.

“We are pleased to have a five-year partnership with the Sharks focused on increasing awareness and education in heart health, orthopedics and cancer for the Silicon Valley,” said Chris Ernst, vice president of marketing and corporate communications for El Camino Hospital. “We are grateful for their continued support of our patient community and for being a committed partner in health education.”

The NHL and its Players’ Association established the initiative in 1998 to raise money and awareness in combating the disease. To date, more than $12.8 million has been raised under the “Hockey Fights Cancer” initiative to support national and local cancer research institutions, children’s hospitals, player charities and local cancer organizations.

For more information on “Hockey Fights Cancer,” visit nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=25343.

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