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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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Goldsmith ends 34-year run in Los Altos: Dean's Designs closing its doors at the end of 2013


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Dean’s Designs at 328 Main St. is closing its doors at the end of 2013 after more than 30 years in downtown Los Altos. Larry Hayano purchased the custom goldsmith business from founder Dean Yoshimizu in 1990. Long-time employees, from left, include Lynda Newlon, Pamela Palajac, Ruth Aguirre and Gigi Luna.

Retirement will mean the end of the line for a downtown Los Altos business that first opened its doors in 1979.

Custom goldsmith Dean’s Designs at 328 Main St. is shuttering its doors at the end of the year following owner and master goldsmith Larry Hayano’s retirement. The retailer is currently running a retirement sale through its final day – Dec. 31 – in Los Altos.

Pamela Palajac – the store’s graduate jeweler gemologist – told the Town Crier that Hayano began planning his retirement in 2012 and called the end of Dean’s Designs a bittersweet moment for the goldsmith and its staff. Hayano, a member of the American Gem Society, was unavailable for comment last week.

“I’d definitely say it’s melancholy,” Palajac said. “But we’re also far too busy to let that interrupt what we’re doing.”

Hayano assumed ownership of the business after purchasing it in 1990 from the original Dean – retiring founder and childhood friend Dean Yoshimizu. Prior to taking over the business, Hayano worked with Yoshimizu as a jewelry designer and repairer.

Palajac credited a loyal following for the goldsmith’s longtime success, noting that several customers who no longer live in the area still ship items to the store regularly for cleanings – a service the store has performed free of charge since its opening. Pointing to its 30-plus years in downtown Los Altos, Palajac added that the retailer’s following is also a multigenerational affair.

“Larry has seen parents come in here, and now we’re seeing their kids getting married, too,” said Palajac, who began working for Hayano six years ago and has 25 years of experience in the business. “It’s been very cool to be a part of something like that.”

Since Hayano announced his retirement plans, Palajac said the store has been the site of a few tearful goodbyes from regular customers who learned of its pending closure.

“We had a customer recently who was crying as she was walking out of here,” Palajac said. “She’ll miss having that connection and seeing Larry in here.”

But the customers aren’t the only ones who will miss the store, added Palajac. She said she’ll specifically miss Hayano himself, as well as the familylike working atmosphere the goldsmith’s small staff enjoys on a daily basis.

“We’re very tight and we work incredibly well together,” Palajac said of her colleagues. “It’s really the best job.”

For more information, visit deansdesigns.net.

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