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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 advance in volleyball playoffs


R. Alan Hwang/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink goes for the kill Saturday.

The second-seeded Los Altos High girls volleyball team turned to an unlikely player for kills to close out Saturday’s Central Coast Section Division II quarterfinal match against No. 7 Los Gatos.

Setter Hanna Koehler notched five kills in the fourth game – three of them at crunch time – to help the Eagles reach the semifinals for the first time since 2004.

“It’s the best feeling as a setter to get kills,” said the senior, who totaled 10 kills, 29 assists and 13 digs Saturday. “I played beach volleyball in the summer, so I had to learn how to hit and do a lot of the other skills on top of setting; I’m happy my hard work’s paid off.”

Although outside hitter Carmen Annevelink led the team with 24 kills – including the match-winner on a shot into Los Gatos’ back row – Koehler’s kills were particularly timely for Los Altos in the 25-12, 23-25, 25-20, 25-21 home victory.

After the Wildcats scored to cut the Eagles’ lead to 20-18 in the fourth game, Koehler delivered a shot that dropped toward the backline. Los Gatos rallied again, narrowing Los Altos’ advantage to 22-20, before Koehler came up with another kill. The Wildcats scored the next point, but Koehler responded once more – firing a right-side shot that prompted her to jump for joy.

Sarah Tritschler served for the match, finished off by Annevelink’s kill.

This marked the Eagles’ third win over the Wildcats this season; the previous two meetings were in SCVAL De Anza Division play.

“We knew they were going to come in and play hard,” Los Altos coach Peter Kim said of Los Gatos. “It’s a school with volleyball tradition and they have a lot of pride.”

All but the first game was close; the Eagles (31-5) jumped to a 19-6 advantage and never allowed the Wildcats (21-13) to threaten.

The second game was a different story. Los Altos’ lone lead came at 6-5, after which Los Gatos went on a 5-0 run. The Eagles tied the game at 18, 20, 21, 22 and 23, but the Wildcats always had an answer and won by two.

A refocused Los Altos team scored the first three points of the third game – two on kills from Michelle Albright – and quickly built a 16-4 lead. Los Gatos rallied to cut the deficit to 20-16, but the Eagles persevered to win on a dump shot by Kristen Liu.

“It was a match of ups and downs,” Kim said. “We were there, then we lost it, and then we were there again. I think we played a little tight, but we were able to overcome that.”

The coach praised his four seniors for coming through when they were needed most. Along with Koehler’s big night, Meghan McDermott totaled 12 kills and 16 digs, Albright had eight kills and three blocks and Katie Tritschler registered 29 digs.

Next up for Los Altos: No. 3 St. Francis (24-12). The semifinal match is scheduled 5:30 p.m. today at Los Gatos.

“I’m extremely excited to make the semifinals,” Koehler said. “We played St. Francis in a tournament and lost, but we didn’t have a very good match. We thought we could have won, so maybe we can redeem ourselves.”

St. Francis beat visiting No. 6 Woodside 25-21, 19-25, 27-25, 25-22 in Saturday’s quarterfinals.

Homestead advances

No. 2 Homestead moved on to the CCS Division I semifinals by beating No. 7 Gunn 25-15, 25-20, 25-21 Saturday in Cupertino.

The Mustangs (24-7) are slated to meet No. 3 Salinas (22-9) 7:30 p.m. today at Santa Clara High.

Pinewood prevails

Pinewood, the third seed in Division V, topped Trinity Christian 25-15, 28-26, 25-14 in the quarterfinals Saturday.

Mehra den Braven – the West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division MVP – led the Panthers (14-11) with 26 kills.

Pinewood is scheduled to face No. 2 Woodside Priory (14-12) 7:30 p.m. today at St. Thomas More in the semifinals.

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