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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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Helix: Ultimate science experiment arrives in downtown Los Altos


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Owen, David and Zach Brunner of Los Altos, above, from left, put their hands together to conduct energy in one of Helix’s nearly 30 science exhibits. The Exploratorium recently opened the downtown Los Altos location at 316 State St.

First art, now science.

Los Altos is becoming an incubator for experimental projects, with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s “Project Los Altos” exhibition and the newly opened Helix, the San Francisco-based Exploratorium’s first satellite location.

Visitors walking past Helix’s 316 State St. location may find it difficult to resist the allure of some curious science contraptions that sit just feet from the front window of the 5,000-square-foot community science center.

Funded by a one-year grant from Los Altos-based Passerelle Investment Co., the new space boasts approximately 25 kiosks with activities that challenge youth and adults alike to explore scientific principles in engaging ways.

From a “Scope on a Rope” that allows guests to magnify things around them at a microscopic scale and view them on a big screen to an anamorphic mirror that demonstrates how a concave piece of glass reflects the objects around it, the variety of possible experiments in the space offers much to fascinate and challenge visitors.

“It’s been surprisingly popular,” said Helix Director Anne Richardson of how the new space has been received since it opened for a soft launch Nov. 23. “People are happy that Los Altos has something like this to offer.”

The multipurpose space offers two floors of exhibit space, a retail shop and a classroom on the second floor that will be used for community programming.

Visitors may want to return to Helix more than once, as new installations are scheduled to rotate into and out of the space frequently.

Admission to Helix is “pay what you wish,” a decision made to ensure that the community space was accessible to all.

Although Helix is scheduled to be open through November 2014, Richardson said organizers are exploring revenue models that may keep the science center open even longer.

“We want people to feel like it’s their center,” Richardson said.

Helix’s hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Wednesday, 1-8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

For a calendar of upcoming events and more information, visit helixlosaltos.org.


Helix opens in Los Altos - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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