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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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Priory pounces on Pinewood


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Pinewood School defenders try to bring down Woodside Priory halfback James McDaniel in Friday’s game. McDaniel rushed for 239 yards and four touchdowns.

Pinewood School’s eight-man football team not only suffered from another slow start – this one was painful as well. The Panthers were down 22-0 and a key player by the end of the first quarter Friday at Woodside Priory.

Standout running back/safety Aidan Lucero (shoulder) didn’t come back, and neither did Pinewood. Priory prevailed 56-22 to complete a perfect season (7-0), denying the Panthers (5-2) a share of the Mission Trail Athletic League title.

“We’ve had some trouble coming out of the gates in most games – it takes us a little bit to get going,” said coach Matt Irvin, whose team had to settle for third place. “Unfortunately in that time, we lost Aidan Lucero, one of our leaders out here and one of our best players.”

Pinewood played Priory even in the second quarter – each team scored a touchdown – but the Panthers lost another player along the way. Greg Naumann, who replaced Lucero in the backfield, was ejected for a personal foul with just under two minutes left in the half.

“That was an unfortunate penalty on Greg – a call we’ll be reviewing,” said Irvin, who questioned the official’s claim that Naumann intentionally pulled off an opponent’s helmet. “When you lose those two guys, it gets a little tough.”

Just a few plays earlier, Naumann threw a halfback pass that set up Pinewood’s first score of the afternoon. His 52-yard bomb to quarterback Kevin Tracy put the Panthers at the 3-yard line and Jack Sweat plowed through the middle on the next play for the touchdown.

“We just threw that in this week,” Irvin said of the trick play. “I thought they were kind of overplaying one side, so we snuck Kevin out there. Greg threw a nice pass and Kevin made a nice run to get close to the touchdown. We had to do something to break the ice a little bit, and it worked.”

The two-point run failed, leaving Priory with a 28-6 lead. The score remained static until the first play of the fourth quarter when Priory’s Garrett Weber rumbled 36 yards for a touchdown. The 6-foot-2, 247-pound junior – listed as a defensive lineman – shed several would-be tacklers along the way.

Priory gashed Pinewood with its ground attack throughout the game, racking up 420 yards on 51 carries. Senior running back James McDaniel did most of the damage, totaling 239 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries.

“He’s just a great back and hard to bring down,” Irvin said. “We played a little too high today. Against a back like that, we’ve got to get lower and go for the ankles instead of the shoulder pads. If we’d have done that, maybe it would have been a different outcome.”

Pinewood had its moments running the ball as well. Sophomore halfback Matthew Murphy raced 65 yards for a touchdown on a sweep left four minutes into the final quarter. Tracy’s two-point pass to receiver Wilson Fields cut Priory’s advantage to 40-14.

Fields wasn’t done producing points for the Panthers. The junior snared a pass across the middle from Tracy for a 64-yard touchdown and hooked up with the quarterback again on the two-point conversion. This cut Priory’s lead to 48-22 with 4:07 left.

The deficit widened on the next play from scrimmage, however, as McDaniel escaped for a 55-yard touchdown.

“Priory’s a tough team,” Irvin said. “They’re physical, ran some great plays, they’re tough tacklers and tough guys to bring down. They’re just a great football team.”


2013 football: Pinewood vs. Woodside Priory School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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