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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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SFMOMA officials preview Project Los Altos


Jerry Tomanek/Los Altos Rotary Club
SFMOMA’s Janet Bishop and Katie Tamony spoke to the Los Altos Rotary Club on Oct. 17.

With the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s “Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley” slated to open next month, museum representatives visited the Rotary Club of Los Altos Oct. 17 to discuss the exhibition.

While SFMOMA undergoes extensive renovation, the museum has shipped some of its inventory for temporary installation at sites around the Bay Area. “Project Los Altos” runs Nov. 9 through March 2.

SFMOMA’s Janet Bishop, curator of painting and sculpture, and Katie Tamony, director of marketing and communications, previewed the exhibition, which features the artwork of nine contemporary artists, including two with local ties.

Charles Garoian, former art teacher at Los Altos High School and current professor at Pennsylvania State University, is among the participating artists.

A trilogy of videos by Jeremy Blake highlights the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, built by the eccentric Sarah Winchester, who owned the 100 acres that later became Los Altos.

The exhibition also comprises seven new commissions, including a film by director Mike Mills, who interviewed the children of local high-tech workers about their expectations for the future. Graphic artist Jessica Stockholder’s contribution, “Cross Hatch,” is already on display: She used the intersection of State and Fourth streets as her colorful canvas to showcase a geometric abstract painting.

Passerelle Investment Co. funded 20 artist videos to accompany “Project Los Altos.”

SFMOMA is conducting an extensive marketing campaign targeting audio, video, online and print media to publicize the exhibition. The museum’s members’ magazine describing “Project Los Altos” will reach 30,000 households, many are expected to visit the various works on display.

Tamony also spotlighted some of the SFMOMA on the Go exhibitions planned for other cities, including “Flesh and Metal: Body and Machine” at Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center; “Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual” at San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum; 23 pieces of SFMOMA’s Matisse collection at the San Francisco Legion of Honor; and eight monumentally scaled sculptures by Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field in San Francisco.

For more information on “Project Los Altos,” visit sfmoma.org/exhib_events/exhibitions/572.

Marlene Cowan is a member of the Rotary Club of Los Altos.

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