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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 air it out


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High quarterback Lambie Lanman gets off a pass with Gunn linebacker Dietrich Sweat bearing down on him.

With the passing attack back on track, the Los Altos High football team dispatched Gunn 41-27 Saturday to remain in the race for the SCVAL El Camino Division title.

Quarterback Lambie Lanman completed 16 of 22 passes, setting season-highs for yards (309) and touchdown tosses (three). Wideouts Victor Ruiz and Patrick McColl tormented the Titans, each scoring on long passes and surpassing 100 yards receiving.

“It’s nice to see our pass game where it should be,” coach Trevor Pruitt said.

The week before, the Eagles mustered only 131 yards in the air and suffered their first loss of the season, 42-24 at Homestead.

“We looked at that tape and decided we needed to bounce back this week, and that’s what we did,” said Lanman, who also ran for a touchdown Saturday. “We schemed a lot, watched a lot of film, strategized and put in a lot of extra practice.”

It showed on Los Altos’ initial drive. Lanman completed his first two passes – the latter a short throw that running back Sean Lanoza turned into a 45-yard gain – and was 4-of-5 by the time the Eagles reached Gunn’s 3-yard line. But Los Altos went backward from there. Lanoza was stuffed for back-to-back losses and Lanman took a sack on third down, leading to a 35-yard field goal from Matt Schroner.

The kick cut into the early lead by the Titans, who scored a touchdown on the game’s opening series. They marched 65 yards in nine plays – eight of them runs – and breached the end zone on Noah Riley’s 1-yard keeper.

Gunn responded to the Eagles’ field goal with another touchdown – a 43-yard pass from Riley to receiver Guy Kasznik. Ofisa Pati blocked the extra-point try, leaving the Titans with a 13-3 advantage with 10:03 left in the half.

Their lead didn’t last long. Los Altos tallied three touchdowns within the next five minutes.

The scoring barrage began with Lanman’s 35-yard touchdown pass to McColl, set up by Ben Roach’s 65-yard kickoff return a play earlier.

After the defense held Gunn to a three-and-out series, the Eagles needed two plays to take the lead. Lanman connected with Ruiz for a 77-yard touchdown on a pass that the receiver tipped before hauling in at midfield. Ruiz outran the defense from there.

Schroner’s PAT made it 17-13.

The Los Altos defense extended that advantage on the next play from scrimmage. McColl sacked Riley at Gunn’s 20 and the ball popped loose. Pati picked it up and rumbled into the end zone.

McColl put an end to the Titans’ next two possessions as well. He recovered a fumble in the backfield and intercepted a pass in the final seconds of the half with Los Altos still leading 24-13.

“He’s a big-time player,” Pruitt said of McColl, who made a game-high seven catches.

The Eagles, who didn’t punt in the game, scored on three of their four second-half possessions.

Lanman capped an 11-play, 68-yard drive to start the third quarter with a quick pass to Ruiz, who dodged defenders and lunged into the end zone on the 11-yard play.

After another Riley interception – nabbed by Lanoza – Los Altos took over near midfield and scored seven plays later on Lanman’s 5-yard scramble. The PAT gave the Eagles their biggest advantage at 38-13 with 1:14 left in the third quarter.

Late in the fourth, Schroner booted a 39-yard field goal.

The win evened Los Altos’ record at 1-1 in league (6-1 overall) and enhanced the importance of Friday’s 3:30 p.m. home game against Monta Vista (3-0, 5-2).

“It’s going to be like a playoff game,” Ruiz said. “We have to fight our hardest and play to the best of our ability.”


2013 football: Los Altos High School v. Gunn High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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