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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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New committee promotes public art movement in Los Altos Hills


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Karen Druker of the Los Altos Hills Art in Public Places Committee shares ideas for outdoor sculptures throughout town.

Imagine the visual poetry of viewing a colorful line of sculptures parallel to Los Altos Hills Town Hall while driving or walking along Fremont Road. If donors come forward, modern art may soon take root near the gravel trails and electric-vehicle charging stations that are a staple in the rural community.

“Not everybody is going to like everything, but we guarantee that it will be interesting,” said Karen Druker, chairwoman of the town’s new Art in Public Places Committee.

Along with six other committee members who have agreed to serve as ambassadors of the arts, Druker is sounding the call for donors.

When a donor inquired how he or she could bequeath art to the town last spring, the question stumped the city council, leading to the formation of a committee dedicated to developing a workable process for handling bequests. Since officially convening in August, the committee has scouted potential sites for sculptures at the town hall campus, Westwind Community Barn and Edith Park and developed a book of prospective art, available for viewing at the Los Altos Hills Town Hall reception desk, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

“We’re trying to expedite the process,” said Art in Public Places Committee member Gail Solomon of the reference book highlighting sculptures that reflect site-specific scale and characteristics. “This is a starting point to kick-start our campaign.”

One anonymous donor has already expressed interest in commissioning a $10,000 abstract sculpture series for placement near the large oak tree at town hall. If the donor’s impending contract with the artist for the commission moves forward without delay and the council accepts the donation, Los Altos Hills’ first piece of public art could be installed in the spring.

Druker noted that there are many reasons a resident may want to donate public art, including immortalizing a family’s involvement in the town or memorializing someone who has passed away. With a price tag between $3,000 and $50,000 for each site-specific sculpture, individuals as well as groups of donors are invited to contribute.

The committee is exploring fundraising options that would enable residents to make smaller contributions toward a sculpture or perhaps a sculpture garden. The donor-funded serpentine seating wall at town hall is an example of how the community has embraced the idea of funding public art in the past.

“The results will speak for themselves,” said Solomon of the public sculpture program. “If we have a successful launch, it sort of carries on on its own feet.”

For more information, call Druker at 941-8073 or 941-7222.

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