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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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Eagles miss football playoffs; Lancers land top seed in DII

The Los Altos High football team’s 8-2 record wasn’t enough to make the postseason. Two teams finished ahead of the Eagles in their bid for the final berth in the Central Coast Section Division II playoffs, according to coach Trevor Pruitt.

While disappointed, Pruitt was pleased with how his team finished the year. The Eagles clobbered Cupertino 44-20 Saturday – a week after blanking Lynbrook 30-0 – to take third in the SCVAL El Camino Division at 3-2.

“We have played our best football the last two games, and we really wish we were in the playoff mix,” he said, “but we understand how things work and we are still proud of the season we had.”

Although Los Altos posted a better record than several squads that advanced to CCS, it lacked the necessary power points – based not only on wins but strength of schedule – to qualify.

“Our plan is to schedule some tougher non-league games next year,” said Pruitt, who took over a team that went winless in 2012.

The host Eagles fell behind 13-0 in Saturday’s finale, but they scored the next 30 points to take a comfortable lead by halftime.

Sean Lanoza scored twice for Los Altos (30-yard interception, 26-yard catch), as did Patrick McColl (8- and 40-yard receptions). Lambie Lanman threw four touchdown passes, including a 71-yarder to Victor Ruiz.

St. Francis seeded first

St. Francis (8-2) has landed the top seed in CCS Division II, which it won last year, and is slated to host No. 8 Andrew Hill (8-2) 7 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals.

The Lancers closed the regular season with a 42-13 rout of visiting Sacred Heart Cathedral Friday to finish fourth in the West Catholic Athletic League at 4-3.

St. Francis scored its first touchdown 13 seconds into the game – a 15-yard run by Landon Baty that followed an Irish fumble – and led 42-7 at halftime.

Delvin Hurtado rushed for 88 yards for the Lancers and Will Fischer-Colbrie was 3-for-4 passing for 75 yards and a touchdown.

Spartans stumble again

Mountain View concluded its season of struggles with a 39-35 loss to visiting Fremont Friday.

The setback guaranteed the Spartans a last-place finish in the SCVAL De Anza Division at 1-6 and dropped them to 1-9 overall.

Mountain View was outscored 28-14 in the second half Friday.

Anthony Avery threw four touchdown passes for the Spartans, two of them to tight end Frank Kapp. Austin Johnson caught one scoring pass and recorded a team-high 14 tackles.

– Joe Schram contributed to this report

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