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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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St. Francis girls run away from field at league meet

The St. Francis High underclassmen overwhelmed the field in the girls race at Thursday’s second West Catholic Athletic League meet of the year.

The Lancers placed five runners among the top 10 – all of them underclassmen – and beat runner-up Mitty by 23 points.

Freshman Julia Bounds led the way, winning the 3-mile race at Golden Gate Park in 17 minutes, 54 seconds – a league and school record.

“Julia led the race at the 400-meter mark and never looked back,” St. Francis coach Roberta Chisam said.

Bounds is the Lancers’ most seasoned competitor, according to Chisam, who described her team as “really young by age and experience.” Bounds began running on a club team at 8, Chisam said, winning several national age-group titles over the years.

Beyond Bounds, the Lancers received strong efforts Thursday from sophomore Melissa Seaman (fifth, 19:25), junior Hannah Kim (sixth, 19:31), sophomore Gia Kim (seventh, 19:35) and freshman Emily Skahill (eighth, 19:38).

“Other than Julia, the rest have not had much running experience until they entered high school,” Chisam said. “They are all developing very quickly this year.”

The St. Francis boys finished second to Bellarmine at last week’s meet. Gabe McLarnan placed second (15:49) and fellow senior Robbie Lacomble came in 10th (16:07).

At Saturday’s Monterey Bay Invitational, the Los Altos High girls edged Leland for first place. Sophomore Lauren Jacob paced the Eagles – who clipped the Chargers by three points – with a second-place time of 18:47. Teammates Katie Klein (20:04) and Kristen Adams (20:51) finished sixth and 10th, respectively.

The Los Altos boys placed second – just a point behind champion Willow Glen. Ben Zaeske ran a 16:04 for second place.

Boys water polo

Mountain View’s 14-11 nonleague win over St. Francis last week marked the Spartans’ first victory over the Lancers in at least 12 years.

Yet coach Gabor Sarusi said his team has won bigger games in recent years.

“(The Oct. 15) win was a significant win for the program and for our season, for sure, but I won’t say it’s one of our biggest wins,” he said, citing two victories over Los Altos and one against Serra last year as more significant.

Host Mountain View, which entered the fourth quarter down two goals, outscored St. Francis 6-1 the rest of the way. Rey Castillo scored three of his team-high eight goals in the fourth.

Charlie Niehaus made 12 saves for the Spartans (7-5 overall).

Los Altos cruised to a 19-10 win over visiting Lynbrook Thursday behind nine goals from Sam Lisbonne.

Girls water polo

Goalies Daniela Turner and Paige Taylor combined for 16 saves in Mountain View’s 9-0 shutout of Harker Oct. 15.

Kate Atherton and Izzy Dickerson scored two goals each for the Spartans, who improved to 7-1 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 11-3 overall.

Freshman Kayleigh Peterson lifted Los Altos to a 6-5 win over Homestead, scoring the game-winning goal with 20 seconds left in overtime. Jenna Gavenman tallied three goals and Casey Vanneman added two for the Eagles (5-3 De Anza Division).

Seven players scored for St. Francis in a 12-2 blowout of Leland Friday in non-league play. Courtney Batcheller led the Lancers (15-0) with three goals.

Field hockey

Host Los Altos played Saratoga to a 1-all tie Oct. 15. Emma Orner scored for the Eagles (0-5-1 SCVAL, 0-8-2 overall).

Girls golf

St. Francis claimed the WCAL round-robin championship after winning all three of its matches last week to finish 11-1.

The Lancers defeated St. Ignatius (202-206 score), Presentation (202-223) and Valley Christian (201-218).

“We seem to be coming on at the right time,” coach Phil Marrone said. “It seems as though the bigger the stakes are, the steadier they play.”

Medalist Nancy Xu shot a 1-under-par 35 in Thursday’s victory over Valley Christian at Shoreline Golf Links. Bibi Liu posted the same score for medalist honors in the Oct. 14 win against St. Ignatius at Shoreline.

Girls tennis

Mountain View fell to Gunn (5-2 score) and Lynbrook (7-0) last week in De Anza Division action. The Spartans sank to 0-9 in league and 1-10 overall.

Mountain View’s wins against Gunn came at No. 1 singles (Sheila Ahi) and No. 1 doubles (Jamie Osborne and Samantha Joseph).

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