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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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Transactions

Los Altos

1820 Austin Avenue, Whitman Trust to A. & A. James for $2,000,000

1348 Fairway Drive, Barba Trust to Wnj Family Trust for $1,850,000

576 Lassen Street, J. & P. Sprout to F. & E. Yen for $825,000

129 North Gordon Way, Enriques Ventures to X. Luo for $5,000,000

1252 Thurston Avenue, Far Creek Properties to J. Pearl for $2,650,000

Los Altos Hills

12682 Roble Veneno Lane, Sacks Trust to D. Afar for $2,050,000

12896 Viscaino Road, Bathina Trust to Lai Trust for $2,680,000

Mountain View

529 Anza Street, K. Thomas to T. Jackson for $424,000

440 Bedford Loop #68, C. Lo to B. Ness for $760,000

956 Bonita Avenue #8, S. Sramek to L. Yuen for $660,000

75 Devonshire Avenue #9, M. & C. Young to J. Demartini for $700,000

953 Eichler Drive, Fields Trust to M. Barreno for $1,650,000

135 Eldora Drive, R. Brunner to G. Brauner for $1,025,000

1200 Lubich Drive, J. & L. Garrett to K. Moraes for $1,725,000

278 Monroe Drive #30, J. & A. Kyllonen to D. Hammels for $560,000

453 North Rengstorff Avenue #5, C. Torres to C. Choi for $415,000

888 Sierra Vista Avenue, P. & C. Ryan to S. Kabel-Eckes for $1,476,000

1976 Silverwood Avenue, Filin Trust to E. Gerson for $565,000

1588 Spring Street, Montoya Trust to M. Subramanian for $835,000

2702 St. Giles Lane, M. Leclair to U. Kirazci for $1,375,000

467 View Street, Schwartz & Cloar-Schwartz Trust to N. Nedeljkovic for $1,100,000

500 West Middlefield Road #94, A. Ahumada to J. Wong for $410,000

500 West Middlefield Road #98, J. Bloom to T. Wingfield for $420,000

Cupertino

915 Miller Avenue, S. & R. Erlach to Y. & M. Mehta for $1,165,000

20211 Patric Court, M. & M. Oberg to Z. Liang for $1,800,000

10430 Sterling Boulevard, Tseng Trust to G. Narasimhan for $1,010,000

Overall

Los Altos

Total sales: 5

Highest sale: $5,000,000

Lowest sale: $825,000

Average sale: $2,465,000

Los Altos Hills

Total sales: 2

Highest sale: $2,680,000

Lowest sale: $2,050,000

Average sale: $2,365,000

Mountain View

Total sales: 16

Highest sale: $1,725,000

Lowest sale: $410,000

Average sale: $881,250

Cupertino

Total sales: 3

Highest sale: $1,800,000

Lowest sale: $1,010,000

Average sale: $1,325,000

– California REsource

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