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News

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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Kiwanis Club of Los Altos ups its goals of providing more service to needy residents


Kiwanis Club of Los Altos members support the Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto by purchasing turkeys for the program to deliver to families in need.

The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos recently kicked off its 67th year of serving the community with a new president at the helm.

Charmaine Turbow took the reins as president and outlined her goals for the club.

“The rat race has trapped most of us into checking our smartphones every two minutes and honking our horns at each other to hurry up,” she said. “Service shouldn’t be defined by the sick or poor, or designed by the holidays when we see signs to give back. I truly think it’s important to give back year-round, and that’s why I think our service club is one of the best around.”

The club sponsors a number of annual events, including the Kiwanis Pet Parade and the Kiwanis Special Games for challenged students in Santa Clara County.

In addition to its traditional mainstays, the club launched new projects this year, including harvesting apples from Turbow’s Los Altos Hills backyard and donating the bounty to the Community Services Agency.

“This was my very first service project with the Los Altos Kiwanis group,” said new member Stephanie Schmitz of the apple-picking party. “I had so much fun bonding with the members and picking apples as a team. It reminded me of living in Ohio and going into the apple orchards to pick apples with my family. It felt great knowing that such a fun project could actually be so beneficial and rewarding.”

Turbow plans to replace one of the club’s weekly meetings each month with a service project.

“Service projects can be as simple as refurbishing picnic tables for kids or picking up trash in a park,” she said. “My leadership this year runs on the sole premise, ‘If we call ourselves a service organization, then we better well get our hands dirty and serve our community.’”

Earlier this month, members enjoyed a bag lunch and pitched in at the Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto, restocking food shelves and boxing vegetables and fruit for those in need.

“It was amazing how much we accomplished in just one hour with the large group of volunteers we had participating,” said club member Bob Galen. “We had fun but remained focused on our assignments. It felt great to know that we were able to lighten the load of the employees at the Ecumenical Hunger Program so that they could concentrate on other tasks.”

Members gathered last week at the Safeway on San Antonio Road to purchase more than 150 turkeys to deliver to the Ecumenical Hunger Program for distribution to families in need for Thanksgiving.

The club plans to partner with The Makery in downtown Los Altos next month to make holiday cards for patients at El Camino Hospital.

“I love how much we give back to our community,” Turbow said. “We are truly a club that is small and mighty. But we can’t do it without members. So if there is even a cell within you, a bug that says, ‘I want to give back,’ I urge you to come join us in a service project.”

Four new members have joined the club in the past few months. The club meets noon Tuesdays for lunch at the Kiwanis Club House, 4546 El Camino Real, Suite B-4, Los Altos. Anyone interested in joining is invited to attend.

For more information, visit losaltoskiwanis.org.

Traci Newell is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos.

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