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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 golfers finish 5th at state


Courtesy of Phil Marrone
The St. Francis High girls golf team – featuring, from left, Nancy Xu, Caitlin Crosby, Bibilani Liu, Alexis Opsasnick, Valerie Wang and Jacqueline Sun – won the NorCal title last month.

Doomed by a bevy of bogeys, the St. Francis High girls golf team finished far from first at last week’s state championships. The Lancers took fifth out of six teams, 74 strokes behind winner Torrey Pines.

St. Francis’ top five finishers (whose rounds counted toward the team score) combined for 33 bogeys and 19 double bogeys, while totaling just three birdies.

Not the kind of day the Lancers – who claimed the Northern California crown two weeks earlier – expected or could overcome against the state’s top teams.

Although the Nov. 20 event was held in the north, squads from the south felt right at home on the course at Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley. Defending champ Torrey Pines shot 364; runners-up Diamond Bar and Walnut each tallied 396 to beat fourth-place Palo Alto by 27 strokes.

“Those SoCal schools are really good,” St. Francis coach Phil Marrone said. “Torrey Pines is flat-out amazing.”

While the Lancers were less than amazing, Marrone deemed the event beneficial to the growth of his young team.

“The state tournament was good experience for us,” he said.

West Catholic Athletic League champ St. Francis won the NorCal title – the first in program history – with a lineup comprising two seniors, a junior, a sophomore and two freshmen.

“I’m pleased and excited for the girls – not only for this season, but for some seasons to come,” said Marrone, whose team had never before made it to state. “We have a solid core of young players in the top six.”

Freshman Bibilani Liu led the Lancers last week, shooting a 3-over-par 75 to tie for 13th individually. Sophomore Valerie Wang followed with an 80, tying for 30th, and senior Nancy Xu shot 84 to place 38th at state. Xu qualified for state as an individual last year, finishing 33rd.

Boys water polo

In a back-and-forth game, No. 3 Menlo-Atherton edged second-seeded St. Francis 9-7 last week in the Central Coast Section Division I semifinals.

The Lancers led 2-1 after the first quarter, but the host Bears tied the game at 3 by halftime. In the third quarter, St. Francis pulled ahead again, 6-4, only to watch Menlo-Atherton go on a 2-0 run in the fourth to force overtime. The Bears sustained their momentum in OT, outscoring the Lancers 3-1 to advance.

“It is always tough to lose your last game, especially such a well-played, competitive game like (this one),” St. Francis coach Terry O’Donnell said after the Nov. 19 semifinal. “Menlo-Atherton and St. Francis both battled, and I thought both defenses were amazing.”

Sophomore Andrew Goodenough was the lone Lancer to score more than one goal, tallying two. Shawn Welch, Trevor Raish, Quinn Vitakis, Adam Antony and Sean Elmurib added a goal each.

St. Francis finished the year with a 12-17 record and placed fourth in the ultracompetitive WCAL.

“This has been a great season for us,” O’Donnell said. “We worked hard everyday and really had a great attitude.”

Field hockey

For the second consecutive year, St. Francis’ season ended in the CCS semifinals. No. 2 Los Gatos edged the third-seeded Lancers 2-1 Nov. 20 at Leland.

St. Francis went 18-2-1 this year.

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