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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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TERESA MARGARET HURLEY

OBIT TeresaMargaretHurley1
OBIT TeresaMargaretHurley2

1927 – 2013

It is with great sadness and gratitude that we announce the peaceful passing of Teresa Margaret Hurley, known to most as “Nanny”. Terry was born on February 11, 1927 in Somerville, Massachusetts to Kenneth and Isabel Chisholm and was one of nine children. Raised and educated in Somerville, she was voted Miss Somerville in 1946 at the young age of 19. Terry left the Boston area after marrying Ben Hurley, the love of her life, to whom she was married for 60 years. Ben and Terry lived in five different cities on the East and West coasts while following Ben’s career, eventually landing in Los Altos Hills with their six children, which was their home for 43 years. She simply loved the Los Altos and Saint Nicholas communities. Although Terry was away from Boston for many years, she never lost her love for her roots, family or her Boston accent. She was truly bicoastal.  

Terry was an active member of her community and often volunteered her time to support Saint Nicholas Parish and School as well as Saint Francis High School. She was a true fan of all St. Francis sports, the San Francisco 49ers, all Boston teams and any team or activity that involved her grandchildren or their friends. There were no strangers in Terry’s life. Terry believed everyone was connected and had a gift for finding that connection and making them lifelong friends. She had a beautiful spirit and made everyone feel welcome.

Terry is survived by her loving husband Ben and their six children, Terry Symula (George) of Harvard, MA, Bernard Hurley of Denver, CO, Ken Hurley (Ginny) of San Jose, CA, Betsy Komo (John) of Los Altos, CA, Nancy Fiegel (Don) of Pleasanton, CA and Dan (Amy) Hurley of Littleton, CO. Nanny was extremely proud of her grandchildren, Danielle, Matt, Michael, Tommy, Timmy, Lizzy, Madeline, Caroline, Jennifer, Andrew, KC, David, Katie and her two great-grandchildren, Seth and Emma as well as many cherished nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her younger brothers, Larry Chisholm (Judy) of Danvers, MA and Billy Chisholm (Judy) of Amesbury, MA and by many wonderful friends (you know who you are). Terry is predeceased by her sisters Betty, Isabel, Marian, Ruthie and brothers Kenneth and John, as well as her grandchildren, Teresa and Benjamin. Our beautiful angel, Terry, is now in heaven with them and shining her sparkling blue eyes down on all of us.  

We will be celebrating Terry’s life with a Rosary on Friday, November 15 at 7:00 pm at St. Nicholas Church, 473 Lincoln Avenue, Los Altos, CA. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. William Church, 611 S El Monte Ave, Los Altos, CA at 1:30pm on Saturday November 16. In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor may be made to St. Nicholas School Endowment Fund –Terry Hurley, c/o St. Nicholas Church, 473 Lincoln Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94022. Arrangements by Spangler Mortuary, Los Altos, CA.

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