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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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Pinewood opens regional premiere of "Whisper House"

Pinewood School’s Performing Arts Department is scheduled to stage the high school and regional premiere of “Whisper House,” opening Friday and running through Nov. 16 in the school’s theater, 26800 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.

Directed by theater teacher Doug Eivers, with musical direction by music teacher Shenelle Williams, “Whisper House” features book and lyrics by Kyle Jarrow and music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik.

“Whisper House” is set in 1942, at the height of World War II. Christopher, an imaginative young boy, is sent to live with an aunt he has never met, Lilly, a recluse who serves as keeper of a remote lighthouse. Not yet comfortable in his surroundings, Christopher begins to hear strange music that no one else can hear seeping through the walls. It doesn’t take long for him to suspect that the lighthouse may be haunted. Is Christopher’s imagination getting the best of him? Or are the ghosts warning him about the very real dangers that lie ahead?

“‘Whisper House’ is a piece that both Duncan and I love, and we couldn’t be more excited to have it produced at Pinewood,” Jarrow said.

Jarrow said one of the original adult actors, David Poe, from the San Diego production of “Whisper House,” visited Pinewood to conduct a master class and see the young actors at work.

“Poe was blown away by their talent, excitement and smarts,” Jarrow said. “Coming from a world of professional theater that can sometimes be exhausting – and like all professional arts, very much business-minded – it’s refreshing to know that high school actors are sinking their teeth into the show with enthusiasm and awesome commitment.”

“Whisper House” stars Talmage Wise (as Male Ghost), Annie Whitacre (Female Ghost), Rachel Brenneman (Ghost Chorus), Carolyn Ehrlich (Ghost Chorus), Dariya Smith (Aunt Lilly), Justin Stangenes (Christopher), Carson Robinette (Yasohiro), Ben Montrym (Sheriff Charles) and Andrew Yaholkovsky (Lieutenant Rando).

“It’s been wonderful to be able to connect theater professionals such as Duncan, Kyle and David with the educational world,” said Spencer Williams, producer and chairman of the Performing Arts Department. “When … Poe came to Pinewood to do a master class with the cast, the students were so invigorated by his comments and praise. It was such a wonderful moment to see the two worlds colliding – one of my favorite moments in my professional career.”

Williams said he is proud of the opportunity to have high school students produce new musical theaer.

Performances are scheduled 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Nov. 14 and 15, and 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 16.

Tickets are $10-$20.

For tickets and more information, visit pinewoodarts.com.

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