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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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St. Francis girls golf team claims NorCal title, heads to state


Courtesy of Phil Marrone
The St. Francis High girls golf team shows off the championship trophy it won at last week’s Northern California final. The Lancers advance to the state championships next week in Carmel Valley.

The St. Francis High girls golf team didn’t have a player shoot better than 6-over-par at last week’s Northern California championships in Ripon, but it didn’t matter. The Lancers still won the team title.

That’s because no participant shot below par at the Nov. 4 event – played in windy conditions on the challenging course at Spring Creek Golf and Country Club – and St. Francis was the only team to have four competitors post scores below 90.

“The course was deceptively difficult,” said coach Phil Marrone, whose Lancers shot 423 to top runner-up Palo Alto by six strokes. “The scores were much higher than I expected, but the girls hung tough and won. The back of our order finished really strong with some of their best individual scoring of the year.”

Senior Nancy Xu and sophomore Valerie Wang led St. Francis with rounds of 6-over-par 79, tying for sixth individually. Freshman Bibilani Liu and senior Caitlin Crosby each shot 87, while freshman Jacqueline Sun tallied a 91 to round out the Lancers’ top five finishers (which make up the team score).

Xu, who advanced to NorCal as an individual last year, described her team’s effort as “one of our best performances of the season.” The Lancers finished second at Central Coast Section championships the previous week and won the West Catholic Athletic League crown a week before that.

“I feel like, as a whole, the team did really well on average,” Xu said. “We were consistent.”

St. Francis – along with Palo Alto and third-place Amador Valley (444) – advance to the state championships, scheduled Nov. 20 at Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley.

Los Altos High senior Kelsey Kawaguchi, who competed at NorCal as an individual, won’t be joining them. She shot a 10-over-par 83 and missed qualifying for state by two strokes.

“The course was tough (Nov. 4) and the wind and the greens were the fastest I have played in a little while,” Kawaguchi said. “After hitting what I thought was a perfect second shot onto the green, my ball bounced off the green and into the (out of bounds) behind it. The course was playing a little bit longer with the strong winds sometimes. I learned from my mistakes and know what I need to work on.”

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