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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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A woolly welcome : Pendleton Woolen Mills opens on Main Street


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Pendleton Woolen Mills opened its doors at 231 Main St. last week. The Portland-based company moved its retail store to downtown Los Altos after five years in Menlo Park.

Downtown Los Altos is now home to a national clothing manufacturer’s newest retail location.

Pendleton Woolen Mills opened its doors Nov. 5 at 231 Main St., the former home of Lussori, offering residents a colorful array of men’s and women’s wool clothing.

The Portland, Ore.-based company, with roots dating from 1863, arrived in Los Altos after ending a five-year stint as a retailer in Menlo Park, which followed 10 years at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto.

“So far, its reception has been warm and fuzzy. It’s been very positive,” said store manager Daniel Guiteras, who noted that the store quietly opened its doors before its official opening celebration Friday. “We’ve received a warm welcome from the many merchants here, as well as our customers living inside and outside of the area.”

Guiteras said that before the store even opened, they had several people walk by, look through the windows and give a thumbs-up.

“We’ve also had a lot of people just come by, curious as to what Pendleton is – so it’s been really good,” he said.

Guiteras described Los Altos as an ideal fit for Pendleton, which created product lines for several department and specialty stores before establishing its own retail division in the 1980s. Specifically, he pointed to the city’s demographics as proof that the company anticipates success for its Main Street location.

“The feel of Main Street is very similar to Pendleton itself. It just feels like Pendleton,” he said, adding that the company’s fabrics are still woven in Washington and Oregon. “This is us – this looks like us.”

Guiteras feels fortunate to open the store alongside 16-year Pendleton employee Fatima Freitas, noting specifically her popularity among longtime customers.

“She has an incredible following,” he said of Freitas. “Some people will only shop with Fatima.”

Guiteras added that he’s wasted no time trying to immerse the store into the local scene. Pendleton Woolen Mills participated in the recent First Friday and Holiday Stroll events and plans to stay open late for the Festival of Lights Parade.

Guiteras is pleased that the local search for a new Pendleton location is finally over.

“We were looking for the right location for some time,” he said, “and I think we’ve found it.”

For more information, visit pendleton-usa.com.


Pendleton opens in Los Altos - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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