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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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Transactions

38 3rd Street #107, Green Trust to R. Schroer for $1,398,000

2085 Crist Drive, D. Carelli to Loretz Construction for $1,405,000

78 Cuesta Drive, J. & K. Lyon to A. Crook for $1,270,000

5100 El Camino Real #303, Adams Trust to Wang Trust for $879,000

1161 Lammy Place, Ahrens Trust to B. Wilson for $2,598,000

1252 Lisa Lane, J. & P. Gardner to M. & Q. Cammarano for $1,870,000

35 Los Altos Square, J. Drake to N. Walsh for $1,117,000

538 Sequoia Drive, Pauline Trust to Netzel Trust for $1,700,000

743 Thorsen Court, Mcsweeney Trust to J. & R. Wunderling for $2,235,000

1461 Topar Avenue, P. Manners to T. & N. Hinrichs for $2,400,500

591 Torwood Lane, Dunn Trust to A. Kadiyala for $2,016,000

487 Tyndall Street #3, Flood Trust to Y. Tsai for $625,000

2015 Victoria Court, J. & R. Wunderling to R. & L. Benzion for $1,560,000

Los Altos Hills

27296 Byrne Park Lane, R. & B. Odea to Lenoski Trust for $2,800,000

25500 Crescent Lane, Weimar Trust to A. & M. Ahuja for $3,565,000

24802 Olive Tree Lane, A. Truong to Grau-Jones Trust for $2,000,000

22548 Ravensbury Avenue, R. Todd to D. & M. Zaumeyer for $1,375,000

Mountain View

505 Cypress Point Drive #52, Gribaldo Trust to Y. & S. Hu for $412,000

413 Del Medio Avenue, I. & C. Quiles to S. Shankar for $950,000

809 Leong Drive, M. & D. Gokhaie to S. Dinh for $680,000

550 Ortega Avenue #B330, J. Kim to M. Dickey for $758,000

550 Sierra Avenue, M. Potts to Kazemi Trust for $1,650,000

1191 Solana Drive, Fiegl Trust to J. Gainsley for $1,520,000

228 South Rengstorff Avenue, L. Perera to H. Ho for $808,000

968 Trophy Drive, Richma Trust to J. Hayes for $1,810,000

Cupertino

1084 Derbyshire Drive, Haworth Trust to V. Sankaran for $1,220,000

11703 Dorothy Anne Way, Gordon Trust to Ramaswamy Trust for $3,790,000

10109 Judy Avenue, S. Cimino to Y. Hao for $1,190,000

10378 Krista Court, Bruckstein Trust to J. Liu for $1,600,000

10160 Lebanon Drive, Caldwell Trust to S. & M. Ansari for $1,320,000

7817 Lunar Court, S. Taaffe to C. & B. Chuang for $1,350,000

872 Rose Blossom Drive, Jordan Trust to M. Venkateswaran for $1,350,000

18620 Runo Court, Putz Trust to Cheng Trust for $920,000

22648 Silver Oak Lane, F. Turbok to L. Li for $910,000

915 South Stelling Road, C. Yee to J. Raju for $1,355,000

7448 Wildflower Way, R. & G. Watson to S. Gangashanaiah for $1,150,000

Overall

Los Altos

Total sales: 13

Highest sale: $2,598,000

Lowest sale: $625,000

Average sale: $1,621,038

Los Altos Hills

Total sales: 4

Highest sale: $3,565,000

Lowest sale: $1,375,000

Average sale: $2,435,000

Mountain View

Total sales: 8

Highest sale: $1,810,000

Lowest sale: $412,000

Average sale: $1,073,500

Cupertino

Total sales: 11

Highest sale: $3,790,000

Lowest sale: $910,000

Average sale: $1,468,636

– California REsource

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