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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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Local nonprofit brings schools, health care, technology to rural Kenya


Courtesy of the Kilgoris Project
The Kilgoris Project raised funds for the first school built in an area of southwest Kenya, enabling children to receive a formal education.

Lulululululu! That celebratory sound still rings in my ears even after the three weeks since I returned from my most recent trip to rural, southwest Kenya.

Usually I return with good travel stories – this journey is no exception. The Kilgoris Project team and I marked the opening of a new school building in a community that had been forgotten by government and development agencies because of chronic intertribal fighting. A newly brokered peace offered the opportunity to build the area’s first school.

We marked the occasion at a community-hosted event, similar to a huge wedding reception – a revel of Maasai color and ululating enthusiasm.

I witnessed our nonprofit’s progress in this small corner of the globe, celebrating milestones, like the building opening, with Kenyan friends and colleagues.

My husband, Jon, and I founded The Kilgoris Project after a chance encounter in 1999 with Kilgoris villager Willie Lemiso at a safari camp where Willie worked as a waiter. We quickly bonded over our shared Christian faith and struck up a friendship that a few years later blossomed into the organization.

Today, with the generous support of donors and partners from around the world, The Kilgoris Project continues to educate and provide health care for more than 800 students and foster economic development in the community.

Through successive steps of faith (and numerous stumbles), we learned about community-supported development. Now The Kilgoris Project operates six schools for pre- and primary-school students and provides technology, such as Kindles and digital cameras, not easily available in rural Kenya.

Sharing these great stories unites my work and my journey as a Christ-follower. While living in God’s big story, I’m able to share the smaller stories of my moments with my Kenyan partners.

“The truth is, if what we choose to do with our lives won’t make a meaningful story, it won’t make a meaningful life either,” Donald Miller wrote in “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story” (Thomas Nelson, 2009).

I couldn’t agree with him more.

Our annual Marketplace will be open at 234 First St. in downtown Los Altos (between the European Cobblery and The Dailey Method) through Sunday. On the outside, the Marketplace is a pop-up boutique offering handmade gifts from Africa, the U.S. and around the world. On the inside, the Marketplace is much more. It’s a place to learn more about The Kilgoris Project’s work and to hear some great stories – mine included.

Proceeds benefit The Kilgoris Project’s education, health and economic development efforts.

The Kilgoris Project Marketplace is slated to be open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Los Altos resident Caren McNelly McCormack is president and co-founder of The Kilgoris Project. For more information, visit kilgoris.org.

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