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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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Santa paintings herald holiday season at LA History Museum


Courtesy of Emily Hollinger
Artist Emily Hollinger’s Santa paintings highlight the “Catch the Spirit” boutique Nov. 13.

Local artist Emily Hollinger is scheduled to display her large collection of Santa Claus paintings at the annual “Catch the Spirit” holiday boutique noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Hollinger said she always loved art but never thought she had the talent to be an artist.

After she and her husband, Bill, transferred to the area in 1975, she joined the Los Altos Art Docents and shared her love of art with students. While recovering from surgery in the early 1980s, she read “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards. She used the exercises to realize her dream of becoming a painter.

She experimented with perspective and found that the American Naïve style of art matched her vision. Grandma Moses (aka Anna Moses) is among the best known of American painters in the Naïve style.

Hollinger’s home studio is filled with her paintings of a variety of subjects. Among her specialties is Santa Claus painted on wood and canvas.

The holiday boutique will also feature shopping at two museum stores, live music, refreshments and tours of the decorated J. Gilbert Smith House.

In addition to Hollinger, displays by local collectors include the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce’s Gayle Carter’s Christmas tree decorated with Beanie Babies.

“A friend who was collecting them said they would be of value one day,” said Carter of her Beanie Babies collection. “I took one look at the funny-looking pelican and the adorable hedgehog and I was in love with them – crazy but fun.”

Los Altos author Robin Chapman will be on hand to sign her book, “California Apricots: The Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley,” now in its third printing and in the top 100 in its class on Amazon.com.

Members of Schola Cantorum will perform 1-2 p.m.

The History Museum’s main gallery will showcase a new exhibition of local art, “Los Altos: Moving Art Forward,” through March 23.

Admission is free.

For more information, visit losaltoshistory.org.

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