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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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Schools Briefs

Blach and Egan host holiday faires

The public is invited to shop for holiday gifts at the annual Blach Intermediate School Holiday Faire, slated 1-4 p.m. Friday at 1120 Covington Road, Los Altos.

Egan Junior High School has scheduled its annual Holiday Faire 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 13 in the school’s multipurpose room and library, 100 W. Portola Ave., Los Altos.

More than 200 students at each campus have created original handcrafted items such as hats, scarves, jewelry, homemade treats, ornaments, candies, wallets and more. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the schools’ PTAs.

LASD sponsors kindergarten information nights

The Los Altos School District has scheduled kindergarten information nights at each of its seven elementary schools 7 p.m. Thursday.

Interested families are invited to attend the event at their home school. Presentations are slated at Almond, Covington, Gardner Bullis, Loyola, Oak Avenue, Santa Rita and Springer schools.

Each school’s principal will discuss how the district approaches learning for all students, offer more information on the school’s programs and highlights, and provide an overview on student registration.

For more information, call the district office at 947-1150 or visit lasdschools.org/District/4309-Kindergarten-Registration.html.

St. Francis schedules Holiday Home Tour

The St. Francis High School Women’s Club has scheduled its 25th annual “Christmas at Our House” Holiday Home Tour Thursday through Saturday in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

The tour will feature four homes decorated in holiday themes, with live entertainment by St. Francis High musicians and vocalists, and a complimentary tea. A luncheon, Christmas boutique and Santa’s Workshop Donation Drawing will follow at Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills.

The event will also include a special Joe Escobar Diamonds Showcase Drawing valued at $5,000.

The Twilight Tour and Gala is scheduled 4-10 p.m. Thursday. The Holiday Home Tour and Christmas boutique are slated 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The holiday buffet luncheon is set 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Tickets are $45 for the home tour, $30 for the luncheon and $125 for the preview party (includes special Twilight Tour). Tickets for the Joe Escobar Diamonds Showcase Drawing are $25 each, five for $100; and tickets for the Santa’s Workshop Donation Drawing are $5 each, five for $20. Tickets are available through today.

For tickets and more information, call 968-1213, ext. 701; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or visit sfhs.com/parents/womens-club/christmas-at-our-house.

Cares and Shares

sponsors toy drive

Cares and Shares, Courtyard Marriott’s community support program serving Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto, has scheduled a toy drive through Dec. 20.

Cares and Shares, in partnership with the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, is collecting unwrapped toys for youth ages 5-18 at the Courtyard Marriott, 4320 El Camino Real, Los Altos. Those who donate will receive a complimentary breakfast and a tall Starbucks coffee.

In addition to the toy drive, Cares and Shares facilitates nonprofit organizations in fund-raising by encouraging local residents, visitors, sports teams, merchants and businesses to book weekend or holiday room nights at the Courtyard Marriott in Los Altos. For every night booked, the group will receive a $30 donation from Courtyard Marriott.

For more information, visit caresshares.com or marriott.com/paocy.

BCS students perform in play

Bullis Charter School fifth- and sixth-graders are scheduled to perform in “Finn McCool and His Fearless Wife” 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the school, 102 W. Portola Ave.

The little hamlet of Limerick is full of colorful characters, but none more colorful than boastful Finn McCool, strongest man in all of Ireland. One problem: Finn is actually as weak as a kitten. Terrified that his boasts will get him in trouble with the rest of the town, Finn is fortunate that his wife, Oona, is not only the cleverest citizen in Limerick, but also fearless. But when three mischievous leprechauns trick the fearsome Banshee Queen into coming after foolish Finn, can even the courageous Oona save her husband’s skin?

Tickets will be available at the door before each performance.

For more information, visit bullischarterschool.com.

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