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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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Jobs childhood home receives historic listing


Town Crier File Photo
After a two-year review process, the Los Altos Historical Commision officially gave Steve Jobs’ childhood home a place on the city’s Historic Resources Inventory.

The childhood home of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is now officially a piece of Los Altos history.

The Los Altos Historical Commission’s two-year review of the property at 2066 Crist Drive concluded in a matter of minutes last week with a unanimous vote to designate the home a historic resource and list it on the city’s Historic Resources Inventory. The vote came after the commission held a public review of its findings in late September.

“It’s just taken a long time and effort in the making,” Commissioner Kristin Baker said prior to the vote. “I’m glad we’re here today.”

According to the report, the Crist Drive house – currently occupied by Jobs’ stepmother and listed under the ownership of the Jobs Trust – is widely considered the birthplace of Apple Inc. Among other things, Jobs, who died in October 2011, and Steve Wozniak assembled the company’s first 50 Apple I computers in the ranch-style home, built circa the 1950s. Wozniak and Jobs met while attending Homestead High School.

Commission Chairman Frank Bishop credited his colleagues for their work in completing the two-year project, noting that its historical information rivaled publications that chronicled the storied history of Jobs’ work and Apple computers. The commission report’s cited sources include county and state records, the Stanford University Library’s Department of Special Collections and the authorized “Steve Jobs” biography by Walter Isaacson.

“The documentation looks very complete,” he said with a grin.

The designation, according to Los Altos Senior planner Zach Dahl, adds an extra level of review by the Historical Commission should the Jobs family seek future exterior modifications to the home. Interior modifications are not subject to that regulation, he noted.

In addition to its Historic Resources listing, a staff report on the property noted that it “does appear eligible for designation as a Los Altos Historic Landmark and potentially eligible for listing on the California Register of Historical Resources and the National Register of Historic Places.” However, pursuing such designations would require additional documentation and support from the property’s owner. Listing the home as a Historic Resource does not require the homeowner’s prior approval.

As previously reported in the Town Crier, Dahl told the commission during its September review of the report that Jobs’ sister, Patricia Jobs, contacted him to get involved in the matter after learning of its work to designate the home a landmark. At last week’s meeting, however, Dahl told the commission that he has remained in contact with Patricia Jobs since and worked with her to refine the report but “did not get any comments back” from her prior to the commission’s final vote.

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