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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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Homestead beats Palo Alto again, inches ahead of Los Altos in league


Town Crier file photo
Junior right-side hitter Connor Bunka sparked Homestead in Thursday’s win over Palo Alto, totaling 10 kills.

The Homestead High girls volleyball team has struggled against Palo Alto in recent years, but that trend is changing.

The Mustangs Thursday beat the Vikings for the third consecutive time – a streak that began in last year’s playoffs – to sweep the season series. The 19-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-21 victory enabled Homestead to gallop to the top of the SCVAL De Anza Division standings.

“We executed a plan and won,” said coach Gary Carroll, who – like four of his players – lives in Los Altos.

The plan involved keeping Palo Alto “out of system,” according to Carroll, by spreading the ball around on offense. Homestead used “a plethora of hitters to keep them guessing,” the coach added, figuring the Vikings wouldn’t be able to defend every spot.

The plan didn’t work at first – visiting Palo Alto won the initial game by six points – but it proved effective the rest of the way.

“We kept Paly out of system in games 2, 3 and 4,” Carroll said. “I was proud of the way (Homestead) executed down the stretch; no fear, no tipping, no panic – just swings to win.”

The Mustangs’ hitting percentage (.350) for the match more than doubled that of the Vikings’ (.139).

Carroll noted that senior outside hitters Megan Robinson and Casey Carroll (the coach’s daughter) “did their damage from the pins” with 19 and 14 kills, respectively, “but the real spark came from Connor Bunka in games 2, 3 and 4.” The junior hit more than .700 from the right side in those games, finishing with 10 kills.

Another junior, defensive specialist Olivia Poulos, “gave us a real lift off the bench in games 2, 3 and 4,” Carroll added, citing the Los Altos resident’s high energy, back-row play and consistent serve.

The win boosted the Mustangs’ record to 13-7 overall and 6-1 in the De Anza Division, putting them just ahead of Los Altos (5-1) and Palo Alto (5-2).

The Mustangs are scheduled to host last-place Monta Vista 6:45 p.m. Thursday.

Eagles roll on

Los Altos fell from first place without losing a match last week – the Eagles had a bye Thursday – but the team is just .024 percentage points behind Homestead, which it beat two weeks ago. The squads are set to play again 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at Los Altos.

The Eagles are off to one of their better starts – 21-3 overall after winning a pair of matches last week. They swept rival Mountain View in De Anza Division play and King’s Academy in a non-league match.

Los Altos subdued the Spartans 25-15, 25-13, 25-23 Oct. 15 on the road. Michelle Albright led the Eagles with 12 kills and Carmen Annevelink had 11, while Hanna Koehler recorded 23 assists.

A day later, visiting Los Altos clobbered King’s 25-14, 25-10, 25-8. Annevelink notched nine kills and Joyce Christiansen-Salameh posted 23 assists.

Lancers paste Presentation

St. Francis stymied Presentation Oct. 16, beating the visitors 25-22, 25-15, 25-22 in West Catholic Athletic League action.

Alex Espinosa, who recently returned from injury, produced 12 kills for the Lancers (2-1 league, 19-10 overall).

Panthers split a pair

Pinewood went from sweeper to sweepee last week. Two days after putting the broom to San Jose, the Panthers were swept by Mercy-Burlingame.

Pinewood pasted host San Jose 25-20, 25-7, 25-13 in a nonleague match Oct. 15 behind 22 kills from Mehra den Braven.

Mercy-Burlingame then beat the Panthers 25-18, 25-23, 25-14 Thursday in West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division play, despite den Braven’s 21 kills.

Pinewood dropped to 3-4 in league and 10-9 overall.

Spartans’ struggles continue

Mountain View followed its loss to Los Altos by getting swept by Los Gatos Thursday. The Wildcats prevailed 25-23, 25-15, 25-19.

Elyse Fitzsimons paced the Spartans (1-6 league, 5-15 overall) with six kills and four blocks. Megan Robinson added four kills, three blocks and three aces.

Against Los Altos, Rosa Lutz led Mountain View with six kills.

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