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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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Local dentists offer new smiles for vets


ellie Van Houtte/Town crier
Dentists Bruce Hartley, from left, John McFarlane and Joseph Field are slated to host Smiles for Troops Nov. 9 at the Peninsula Center of Cosmetic Dentistry offices at 99 Third St.

A downtown Los Altos dental office is not only aiming to put smiles on the faces of local military veterans – it seeks to enhance them as well.

Dentists Bruce Hartley, Joseph Field and John McFarlane will host the inaugural Smiles for Troops event Nov. 9 at their Peninsula Center of Cosmetic Dentistry (PCCD) office, located at 99 Third St. The all-day event will allow the volunteer group, which includes a horde of PCCD staff members and other dental professionals, to provide free procedures to local military veterans in need of dental care.

Field said he and his colleagues decided to host the event after discovering that even routine dental maintenance procedures, such as cleanings, are few and far between for active military personnel deployed overseas. Playing catch-up with sorely needed dental work can also be a costly burden for those returning home after serving their country.

“We just wanted to find a way to give back to the community,” Field said. “For veterans coming back home, it’s hard to get new jobs, which make their finances challenging. We saw this as a way to address a huge need.”

The event – which will include the services of Dr. Kingstone Shih, an endodontist, and Dr. Joseph Kim, an oral surgeon, will provide a wide range of urgent and cosmetic dental care, including fillings, wisdom teeth removal, root canals and chipped tooth repairs, among other services. While they aim to address the most severe cases first, Field noted that the group has set a goal of assisting approximately 30 veterans at the event.

“We’ve done these kinds of community service projects before, so we’re able to work pretty efficiently and get a lot done in a relatively small amount of time,” he said, pointing specifically to previous volunteer efforts that helped domestic violence victims in Bay Area clinics and abroad.

All participating veterans will also receive a free cleaning, as well as goodie bags containing gifts donated by vendors, including a Sonicare electric toothbrush and other dental hygiene items. Each veteran will also receive a voucher for a complimentary family portrait from local photographer and PCCD client Robyn Basso.

For more information, call 948-5524 or visit pccd.net.

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