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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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Matadors dash Eagles' title hopes


Town Crier file photo
Los Altos High senior receiver Victor Ruiz, running after the catch in a recent game against Gunn, notched a season-high 12 receptions in Friday’s 35-14 home loss to Monta Vista.

The first sign of trouble for the Los Altos High football team came on the first play from scrimmage in Friday’s home game against Monta Vista.

William Major ripped off 29 yards on a sweep to the left, one of several long runs by the Matadors in their 35-14 rout of the Eagles.

“Our worst fear came true – that they were going to run all over us,” said coach Trevor Pruitt, whose team dropped to 1-2 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and out of title contention. “We planned and worked hard all week to stop the run – and on blitz pickup – and it was just a breakdown by the Eagles.”

Los Altos surrendered 412 yards on the ground to first-place Monta Vista, which averaged nearly 9 yards per carry. Major (118 yards) and backfield mate Justin Cena (211 yards) did most of the damage. Cena scored a pair of touchdowns, the first a 94-yard burst late in the opening quarter.

“Our plan was to stop No. 20,” Pruitt said of Cena, who came in with more than 1,000 yards rushing, “and we didn’t execute as well as we wanted to today.”

The Matadors scored touchdowns on their first three possessions – without throwing a pass – to lead 21-0 with nearly nine minutes left in the opening half.

But they went nowhere on their next drive, a three-and-out series that ended with a punt partially blocked by Patrick McColl.

Starting from Monta Vista’s 29-yard-line, Los Altos scored seven plays later on Lambie Lanman’s 4-yard quarterback keeper. Matt Schroner’s PAT made it 21-7 with 1:35 remaining in the half.

Los Altos had chances to cut into the lead even more – possessing the ball four times before the Matadors scored again – but came away empty each time.

The first opportunity came after Monta Vista fumbled near midfield, but the Eagles had little time left (38 seconds before the half) and mustered only an 8-yard pass from Lanman to Victor Ruiz.

Los Altos’ first two drives of the second half ended with Lanman interceptions, both by defensive back Max McCann.

Cena fumbled after the second pick, and linebacker Carlos Rivera-Salis recovered at Los Altos’ 40. But after Lanman completed consecutive passes – including a 40-yard screen to halfback Sean Lanonza – to reach the red zone, the Eagles drove in reverse. Tight end Max Wilber lost 6 yards on a screen and Lanman was dropped for a 12-yard loss on third down.

“We had spurts of greatness today,” Lanman said, “but pressure came and the offense as a whole got a little overwhelmed – myself included.”

Los Altos punted from the 36, and Monta Vista scored four plays later to take a commanding 28-7 lead late in the third quarter. The touchdown came on the Matadors’ first and only pass of the game – a 55-yarder from Ryan Manley to an open Milanko Plavsic.

The Eagles answered with a long touchdown pass of their own. Lanman connected with a streaking Ruiz on a 52-yarder with 10:46 left to play. Ruiz finished with 12 catches for 135 yards.

Monta Vista controlled the ball for the next six minutes – a drive capped by Cena’s 4-yard scoring scamper – and got it right back with an interception. The Matadors ran out the final 3:03.

While the loss eliminated the Eagles (6-2 overall) from title contention, they are holding out hope that they can make the playoffs by winning their last two games.

“It’s a heartbreaking loss,” Lanman said. “We’re going to have to bounce back and win out the rest of the season if we have any shot of making the playoffs.”

Los Altos has a bye this week.

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