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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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Community Briefs

Consumer mediator to speak at Michaels

The Federated Woman’s Club of Los Altos has scheduled Barbara McCray to speak at its next meeting, Nov. 6 at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

McCray is with the Consumer Mediation Unit in the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. She’s mediated all types of civil consumer transactions, provided consumer advice to the public and has spoken on consumer issues with various organizations in Santa Clara County.

A business meeting is slated at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon and a program at 1 p.m. Admission is open but reservations are required. For more information, call 948-3553.

Boutique fundraiser to help animal shelter

A pet and gift boutique fundraiser benefiting Palo Alto Animal Services is scheduled 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16 at the agency, 3281 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto.

The animal control agency provides services for Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, but has been hit by heavy funding cuts the past few years.

The event will feature holiday gifts and products, raffle prizes, a silent auction, pet adoptions and refreshments. The agency and Hartfelt Hand-i-crafts are co-sponsoring the event.

All proceeds will directly benefit the shelter. For more information, call 496-5971.

Senior Commission hosts Medicare talk

The Los Altos/Los Altos Hills Senior Commission and the Los Altos Library have scheduled a Sourcewise presentation on Medicare/HICAP changes for 2014 prescription drug plans, Cal MediConnect, Covered California and Medi-Cal 1-3 p.m. Tuesday in the Program Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Admission is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested, but walk-ins are welcome to attend For more information and to reserve a seat, call Los Altos Senior Center at 947-2797.

Library schedules scary stories for adults

The Los Altos Library has scheduled “Scary Storytime for Adults” 7:30 p.m. today in the Program Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Retired children’s librarian Enid Davis will share scary folktales and urban legends in the spirit of the Halloween season.

The Los Altos Library’s “Save the Ugly Duckling: Keep the Art of Oral Storytelling in Los Altos” project sponsors the event. Davis is a Los Altos Library Commissioner and chairwoman of “Save the Ugly Duckling.”

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org/losaltos.

GreenTown schedules used-bike drive

GreenTown Los Altos has scheduled its fifth ReCycle Bike Drive 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Blach Middle School, 1120 Covington Rd. and Egan Junior high School, 100 W. Portola Ave.

Local residents are invited to donate their gently used bikes, which volunteers from Los Altos High School, The Bicycle Outfitter and Chain Reaction clean and refurbish to prepare for distribution to students in need of transportation.

GreenTown has collected more than 200 bicycles since the initiative’s inception two years ago.

Any bikes not distributed to students in need are donated to community agencies, such as the Veterans Administration and the Bill Wilson Center for homeless teens.

For more information, visit greentownlosaltos.org/event/recycle-bike-drive.

Benefit concert aids Alzheimer’s research

Los Altos United Methodist Church has scheduled an Alzheimer’s Benefit Concert 3-5 p.m. Saturday at the church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

Organist Paul Rosas will present the world premiere of his new song cycle, setting poet Camille Dungy’s “What to Eat, What to Drink and What to Leave for Poison” (Red Hen Press, 2006) to music. Dungy will introduce each song with a poetry reading. Becky Everett, Casie Walker, Anne Janzer and Laura Long-Ree will perform the repertoire.

The concert will also feature the award-winning children’s hit “Sweet for Mother Goose” by George Akerley.

For more information, call 948-1083, email Rosas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit laumc.org.

Sky’s the Limit Fund breakfast slated Nov. 6

Sky’s the Limit Fund’s fourth annual Reaching for the Stars Breakfast is scheduled 8-9:30 a.m. Nov. 6 at the Crowne Plaza Cabaña Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.

The breakfast is a fundraiser for Sky’s the Limit Fund, a nonprofit group that provides help to families with at-risk youth. The organization offers grants, support and hope through wilderness therapy and other support programs.

This year’s event will honor retired Judge Leonard Edwards and Patti and Mike Klayko for their work with struggling teens. Local news anchor Raj Mathai will serve as master of ceremonies, and former San Francisco 49ers tight end and three-time Super Bowl champion Brent Jones as guest speaker.

Through partner programs, every donation is doubled.

For more information, call 472-2915, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit skysthelimitfund.org.

Kilgoris marketplace returns to Los Altos

The nonprofit Kilgoris Project is scheduled to return to Los Altos for the second year with a pop-up boutique Nov. 7-10 at 235 First St.

Hours for the marketplace are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 7-8, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10.

The boutique will feature a marketplace including artisan jewelry, clothes, home decor, toys and more from Africa and countries across the globe.

Proceeds from the shop benefit the Kilgoris Project, which supports education, food, clean water and economic development opportunities for the children of a Masai village in southwest Kenya.

For more information, visit kilgoris.org/marketplace.html.

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