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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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Letters to the Editor

Participate – for the sake of art

Last weekend, my wife and I enjoyed touring several of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s “Project Los Altos” exhibits.

We found the most interesting part in the back room of 359 State St., exploring the exhibit “Everything Is Perfect.” We talked at length with charming Czech artist Katerina Šedá. She is becoming widely known on both sides of the Atlantic for her installation art – she has done work at the Berlin Biennale, the Tate Modern, the University of Chicago and numerous other sites. She has brought to Los Altos a similar social artwork.

Her exhibit is a web-based framework in the form of a contest that challenges Los Altos residents to write what makes them exceptional.

Everyone is best at something – what is it? She creates a game that may be comfortable for children but can be a challenge for competitive adults. And what a great challenge it is to come up with something humorous and out of the ordinary! (One child claims to have the largest collection of roly-polys.)

Šedá asks us to share that uniqueness with others and complete the project by submitting a listing. The final artwork is created by residents, but only if we participate.

Mike McCusker

Los Altos

Spotlighting another ‘Festival of Lights’

Put down that turkey leg! Stop checking that list! The Lively Foundation’s “Festival of Lights” is here to remind you of the reasons for the season.

Lively’s “Festival of Lights” is a concert featuring songs, dances, theater and storytelling, all related to light in many holidays at the end of the calendar year.

After 15 years of applause from a dedicated following in San Francisco, The Lively Foundation will brighten the mid-Peninsula with the “Festival of Lights” 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church St.

Guest artists include elves, ribbon dancers, a dragon, Jonathan Clark on bass and dancers Julia Canavese, Amity Johnson, Vanessa Nudd and Etta Walton. I am the production’s choreographer and writer.

Forget about searching for parking – there is a lot of free parking around the Masonic Center and its own lot right behind the building – just let your little light shine. The “Festival of Lights” will renew your personal energy source.

Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 over age 65 or under 10.

For tickets and more information, visit livelyfoundation.org

Leslie Friedman Artistic director

The Lively Foundation

Mountain View

‘Master Tech’ offers valuable advice

One of my favorite Town Crier features is “Ask the Master Tech.” Warren McCord’s pragmatic advice is very useful to all drivers. We are indeed fortunate to benefit from his expertise.

I never miss reading his column, and I remind family members to do likewise.

Judy Fimmel

Los Altos Hills

‘Prime Time Dads’ available at Linden Tree Books

Thank you for that wonderful article on Len Filppu’s appearance at Linden Tree Books to discuss his book “Prime Time Dads: 45 Reasons to Embrace Midlife Fatherhood” (“Author touts joys, advantages of ‘prime time’ fatherhood,” Nov. 20).

Our only wish is that you could have mentioned that “Prime Time Dads” is available at our lovely brick-and-mortar independent bookstore!

Los Altos Town Crier readers can buy and order books at Linden Tree rather than going online to help keep a great children’s independent bookstore in Los Altos.

Dee Ellmann

Linden Tree Books

Los Altos

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