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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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Community Briefs

Hidden Villa hosts online auction

Hidden Villa has scheduled its inaugural Holiday Online Auction through Tuesday.

The auction features artisan oils, soaps and candles; gift certificates to local area restaurants and businesses; and getaways to popular Bay Area destinations.

Auction organizers encourage local residents to search the auction site for holiday gifts.

Proceeds from the auction will support the Los Altos Hills-based organic farm and nature preserve’s educational programs, partnerships and scholarships.

To access the auction and bid, visit biddingforgood.com/ auction/AuctionHome.action? vhost=hiddenvilla.

For more information on Hidden Villa, visit hiddenvilla.org.

Children’s Corner holds baby-clothing drive

Los Altos-Mountain View Children’s Corner preschool has scheduled a holiday clothing drive to benefit the nonprofit Loved Twice, which supplies newborns in need with quality used baby clothing and accessories for the first year of life.

Items accepted include blankets, socks, hats, board books, pants, bibs, jackets, dresses, diapers and Baby Bjorn carriers.

Drop gently used accessories and clothing in sizes for newborns to 12 months 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays at Children’s Corner, Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Docent discusses Hockney exhibition

Fine-arts docent Jim Kohn is scheduled to present an illustrated lecture on “David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition,” the current display at the de Young Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Many of the landscapes in the exhibition are of monumental proportions, including multicanvas oil paintings and large-scale digital movies shot with multiple cameras, some requiring as many as 18 monitors.

“David Hockney,” which runs through Jan. 20, is the largest exhibition in the museum’s history, featuring more than 300 works of art.

For more information on the exhibition, visit deyoung.famsf.org. For more information on library programs, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org/losaltos.

Volunteer awards scheduled Dec. 13

The 31st Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards Luncheon is scheduled 11:45 a.m. Dec. 13 at Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills.

The awards recognize volunteers whose service has impacted Los Altos and/or Los Altos Hills.

Tickets, $30 per person, are available online and at the door.

For tickets and more information, visit jointvolunteerawards.com.

Annual clothing drive supports Career Closet

Option 1 Staffing Services Inc., a Los Altos staffing agency, is partnering with Career Closet for its third annual women’s clothing drive.

Option 1 Staffing is collecting gently used clothes, shoes, jewelry, handbags and accessories to donate to the nonprofit Career Closet, which enables women to re-enter the workplace with the clothing and accessories they need to make a good first impression and land the job they want.

Drop donations at Option 1 Staffing, 4410 El Camino Real, Suite 110, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

For more information, call 941-5115.

Local artists display work at museum

The Los Altos History Museum’s contemporary art exhibition, “Los Altos – Moving Art Forward,” runs through March 23 at 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The project celebrates local artists with a juried exhibition in painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media.

The display complements the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s off-site exhibition, “Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley,” scheduled to run through March at various venues across the city.

Museum hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is free.

For more information, visit losaltoshistory.org.

Toys for Tots accepts donations

All Horizons Travel, owned by Maureen and Roy Jones, is serving as a collection station for the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program during the holiday season.

Residents can drop off new, unwrapped toys for underserved children at the agency, 160 Main St. in Los Altos, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through Dec. 17.

Roy Jones, a retired lieutenant colonel who served in the Marines, has been involved with the Toys for Tots program since 1953.

For more information, call 941-5810.

Homestay program needs host families

The International Student Placements program at Foothill and De Anza colleges needs host families for international students.

The program has placed students with local families for more than 20 years. Host families are asked to provide a private or double bedroom and share meals and kitchen privileges.

The arrangements start in August and end in June. Hosts are paid between $825 and $1,000 per month in two installments. Families may include singles or couples with or without children, retirees or empty-nesters.

For more information, call (408) 464-7875 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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