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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

Merger solution makes sense

We thought the “Other Voices” column by Bruce Barton was spot on (“Solution for BCS/LASD – a merger,” Nov. 20).

It would benefit everyone in Los Altos to have this top-performing school join our top-performing school district as a magnet school. Bullis Charter School could continue its innovative programs and be open to all Los Altos School District students on a lottery basis.

There are highly successful examples of magnet schools in neighboring districts.

Christa McAuliffe School in Cupertino has a similar structure to Bullis Charter School. It is a K-8 grade school, asks for a substantial parental contribution to finance aides and field trips, requires parental involvement and features a curriculum stressing creative thinking and teamwork. Teachers are part of the Cupertino teaching force, but a parental committee helps select teachers suitable for this special program.

Palo Alto boasts Herbert Hoover Elementary School, which features back-to-basics education, while Mountain View is home to Mariano Castro School, with its dual Spanish/English immersion program.

The district would need to allow Bullis Charter School autonomy in its innovative programming. The Santa Clara County Board of Education could oversee the transition and make sure that the charter school maintains its identity.

If Bullis Charter School becomes an additional option for Los Altos students, we believe that the entire city would breathe a sigh of relief and be much more willing to support a bond measure to build the new schools we need.

We urge other concerned residents to contact the district, county and charter school boards with support for this innovative and excellent proposal by the editor of the Town Crier.

Emily and Jim Thurber

Los Altos

Unified school system could stop conflicts

Thank you for your thoughtful recommendation that the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School join together under one leadership, eliminate the monies spent for lawyers and concentrate on their mission to provide quality education.

Hopefully, the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School will focus their efforts to create one unified system for our schoolchildren and stop the petty bickering that inhibits unification.

Norbert Kordsmeier

Los Altos

Downtown’s rigid enforcement hurts appeal

I simply want to point out that Los Altos is sending strong mixed signals about welcoming visitors to its downtown during the holidays, especially when so much construction is happening on First Street.

Two weeks ago, I received a $51 parking ticket – while performing 10 minutes of volunteer work.

After discovering that my car had extended 3 feet into an unexpected and unseen “short” red zone adjacent to a green 15-minute parking space, I sent a request to have the citation dismissed along with photos.

I cannot understand how this red zone and citation is reasonable and am inclined not to visit downtown again. It’s not about the money – at least not for me.

Dana Hendrickson

President and founder

Rebuild Hope

Post office grounds need improvement

The post office at Loyola Corners needs urgent help with grounds maintenance. Could an article in your paper bring out volunteers to cut back weeds and improve the appearance from the street? At least you should find out why nothing has been done there for months.

C. Barber

No address given

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