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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.

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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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Los Altos golfer Kawaguchi wins qualifier


Los Altos High golfer Kelsey Kawaguchi didn’t let an early bogey bog her down. The senior shook off her five-stroke struggle on hole No. 3 to post the best round of her career in winning last week’s Santa Clara Valley Athletic League Tournament.

Kawaguchi shot a scorching 6-under-par 67 at Santa Teresa Golf Course, guaranteeing her a spot in this week’s Central Coast Section championships.

“I didn’t expect to shoot so low after a bogey on the third hole,” she said, “but I just kept playing it hole by hole.”

Kawaguchi nearly notched a double eagle, but her putt on hole No. 2 lipped out.

Even without it, she finished two strokes ahead of runner-up Jessica Luo of Lynbrook Oct. 22. No other golfer in the 38-player field shot below 70.

“I was slightly nervous toward the end, because I didn’t know what to expect,” said Kawaguchi, who has committed to UC Irvine. “Throughout the round, I had to keep my emotions in check, even when I had a bogey or missed a short putt.”

Kawaguchi wasn’t the lone local golfer to qualify for the CCS event, scheduled Tuesday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline) at Rancho Cañada Golf Club in Carmel. The St. Francis girls team made it after winning the West Catholic Athletic League Tournament Oct. 21 at Spring Valley Golf Course.

The Lancers – who the week before claimed the WCAL round-robin championship with an 11-1 record – beat runner-up St. Ignatius by 30 strokes at the league tourney. St. Francis freshman Bibilani Liu earned medalist honors with a 2-under-par 70.

“The girls played great – especially my No. 2, 3 and 4 players,” said coach Phil Marrone, referring to Liu, sophomore Valerie Wang and freshman Jacqueline Sun. “I’ve been waiting for the team to start firing on all cylinders, and just recently they have begun to. Hopefully they’ll keep it going through the post-season.”

Cross country

The Los Altos boys and girls teams set school records at last weekend’s Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational in Walnut.

The boys’ team time of 82 minutes, 28 seconds broke the school record set two years ago on the 2.93-mile course. They won their division with what coach Dan Oren described as “an extremely low score of just 27 points.”

Six team members earned medals for top-15 finishes, led by Ben Zaeske (second, 16:18) and Andreas Godderis (third, 16:22).

The Los Altos girls clocked a team time of 99:51, breaking a school record from 2005. Lead runner Lauren Jacob set a record as well, finishing in what Oren called “an extremely fast 17:40.”

Boys water polo

For the second consecutive season, Mountain View has swept rival Los Altos in the double round-robin portion of De Anza Division play. The Spartans edged the Eagles 9-7 Thursday after routing them 14-7 Oct. 1.

Mountain View coach Gabor Sarusi described his goalie Charlie Niehaus as “remarkable” Thursday, totaling 16 saves and limiting host Los Altos to just one goal in the first half.

But the Spartans’ 7-1 halftime lead nearly wasn’t enough to beat the Eagles, who outscored them 6-2 the rest of the way.

Rey Castillo and Matthew Dunn finished with three goals each for Mountain View (7-3 league, 9-6 overall).

Two days prior, the Spartans suffered a 6-4 setback to Palo Alto. Mountain View was held to one goal in each quarter. Niehaus made seven saves and scored a goal on a length-of-the-pool lob.

Girls water polo

St. Francis remains undefeated, though Sacred Heart Prep gave the Lancers a scare Oct. 23. St. Francis eked out a 12-11 win over the visiting Gators.

Courtney Batcheller scored six goals for the Lancers, who upped their record to 5-0 in the WCAL and 18-0 overall.

With a pair of victories last week, Mountain View extended its winning streak to seven games.

“The team is really coming together and improving with every game,” said coach Drew Enlow, whose squad went to 9-1 in the SCVAL El Camino Division and 14-6 overall.

The Spartans stymied Santa Clara 12-3 Thursday and topped Fremont 7-3 Oct. 22.

Samantha Hartman scored a season-high six goals against Santa Clara. She and Krysta Korpontinos led Mountain View with two goals each versus Fremont.

Volleyball

Los Altos can all but clinch the De Anza Division title in this second-to-last week of the season by beating the two other teams in contention.

The Eagles (7-1 division) were scheduled to host Homestead (8-1) Tuesday – after the Town Crier’s press deadline – and visit Palo Alto (6-2) 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Eagles beat Homestead in the first half of the league season, but they lost to Paly.

Los Altos (23-3 overall) last week swept both its opponents – visiting Gunn Oct. 22 and host Los Gatos Thursday. Junior Carmen Annevelink tallied 16 kills in each match.

Mountain View’s struggles continued last week, with the Spartans swept by Palo Alto and Homestead. Mountain View sank to 1-8 in the De Anza Division and 5-17 overall.

Rosa Lutz led the Spartans in kills both days, notching six against Homestead Oct. 22 and seven versus Paly Thursday.

Homestead received 18 kills from Los Altos resident Casey Carroll against Mountain View.

Pinewood, hosting its annual Dig Pink Rally to raise funds for breast cancer research and treatment, defeated King’s Academy in five games Thursday. Mehra den Braven posted a season-high 40 kills for the Panthers, who improved to 5-4 in the West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division and 12-9 overall.

Two days earlier, Pinewood swept Eastside Prep behind 17 kills from den Braven and 20 assists from her sister, Tehmi.

Field hockey

A 4-0 loss to Los Gatos Thursday dropped Los Altos to 0-10-2 in the SCVAL and 0-12-2 overall.

Girls tennis

Mountain View endured another rough week, losing both matches by 7-0 scores. The Spartans slumped to 0-11 in the De Anza Division and 1-12 overall.

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