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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 advances to CCS semifinals with lopsided win over Andrew Hill


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Riley Quinn intercepts a pass in Friday’s win over Andrew Hill.

Friday’s Central Coast Section Division II football quarterfinal game pitting St. Francis High – an A-league team – against C-leaguer Andrew Hill went just about as expected.

A versus C equaled B – as in blowout.

The top-seeded Lancers routed the No. 8 Falcons 41-6 in a game that went to a running clock in the fourth quarter. Host St. Francis led 34-0 at halftime and played its starters sparingly the rest of the way.

“It went well,” Lancers coach Greg Calcagno said. “We did what we’re supposed to do, which is move on to the next round.”

Friday’s semifinal game – scheduled 7 p.m. at St. Francis – probably won’t be as easy.

The Lancers (8-3) face No. 5 Palo Alto (6-5) and Stanford University-bound quarterback Keller Chryst. The senior threw for five touchdowns in the Vikings’ 54-24 spanking of No. 4 Leland Saturday.

St. Francis quarterback Will Fischer-Colbrie didn’t need to throw much in Friday’s win over Andrew Hill (8-3). He attempted seven passes and completed three – two of them for touchdowns.

The first came on a 30-yard floater to a streaking Trillion Hebert in the final seconds of the opening quarter, pushing the Lancers’ lead to 14-0 after Patrick Fordham’s extra point. On St. Francis’ last possession of the half, Fischer-Colbrie fired an 18-yard pass into the end zone to Ryan Johnson before taking a hit.

“He can certainly throw it,” Calcagno said of his quarterback, a transfer from Mountain View High. “It’s nice that we’re able to do both – run and pass.”

The run game remains the focal point of the offense, however. The Lancers rushed for 251 yards on 26 carries Friday for a robust average of 9.7 yards per attempt.

Halfback Landon Baty led the ground attack with 106 yards on only four carries, with two of them resulting in touchdowns. After scoring St. Francis’ first points of the night on a 9-yard burst to the right side, the senior scampered 68 yards up the middle for a TD early in the second quarter. Fordham’s extra point pushed the lead to 21-0 and the rout was on.

“We were hoping to be able to run the football – we’re a pretty physical team – and we did,” Calcagno said. “If we can’t run it, we’re in trouble.”

The only trouble the Lancers experienced Friday involved ball security. St. Francis fumbled six times – losing three of them.

The Falcons lost a fumble as well and threw three interceptions. Safety Riley Quinn picked off the first pass, leaping in the air to tip and then haul in Alex Moreno’s errant throw late in the first quarter.

The St. Francis defense limited Andrew Hill to just 168 yards of offense. The Falcons converted only three of their 12 third-down plays.

“That’s what we pride ourselves on – our ability to play defense,” Calcagno said. “That’s our No. 1 priority and we focus on that all year. If we play good defense and they don’t score a lot, it makes it a lot easier on offense.”


2013 football: St. Francis High School vs. Hill High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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