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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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Be an "upstander" and fight bullying

Kylie Akiyama is a sixth-grader at Gardner Bullis School in Los Altos Hills. Kylie’s teacher, Niki Mitchell, submitted the following sample of Kylie’s work.

Recently I read a short story, written by Ray Bradbury, titled “All Summer in a Day.” This short story began when a young, depressed girl named Margot and the rest of her class sat, staring out of their classroom window, waiting for the sun to come out after seven years of severe and crushing rain.

Margot warmly remembers the sun from five years ago on earth, but a jealous classmate shoves and taunts her while the rest of the class stands by, watching. In the spur of the moment, they all pick her up and shove her into a closet, just as the deafening rain stops, and the sun shines once more on Venus. The students play outside in the sunshine for two hours without a thought toward Margot, until it starts raining again and they suddenly remember her in the closet, missing out on a one-in-a-seven-years’ chance because of their cruelty. In the end, they let Margot out, all of them ashamed and not able to make eye contact with one another.

I think that there should not be such a thing as bullying, and that there should be more upstanders to defy the bullies of this world.

The terms “upstander,” “bystander” and “bully” are used to describe the positions of the people when an occasion like a fight happens.

The upstanders are the people who stand up for someone being bullied. An upstander could defend the person in a conversation or somehow prevent a fight about to happen.

The bystanders are the people who watch as the bullying unfolds. Bystanders don’t intervene – unlike an upstander, they don’t even try to get help from a person of authority like teachers and adults.

Bullies are the people who usually start the fight and do the physical or mental bullying. Bullies can physically hurt someone or taunt and tease them. More often with girls, the bullying they do is mental. Boys are usually more physical, while girls talk behind others’ backs and judge others based on looks and clothes.

In “All Summer in a Day,” there are many instances of obvious bullying. For example, near the beginning of the story, William, the main bully, tells Margot: “Speak when you’re spoken to.” William then rudely shoves her. In that instance, an upstander could have told William that Margot didn’t need to talk to him, or that he was being mean. Plus, the bully accused Margot of lying about the sun coming out, saying, “It was all a joke, wasn’t it? Nothing’s happening today. Is it?”

As he taunts her, the other students are being bystanders and reply to him by laughing and shaking their heads, but not intervening. At this point, an upstander could have stepped up and said he/she believed what Margot said. William continues bullying because no one is standing up for Margot.

William says, “All a joke!” After roughly taking hold of her, he says, “Hey, everyone, let’s put her in a closet before the teacher comes!” An upstander would have stepped in between William and Margot before he had a chance to pick her up.

Another choice for an upstander would be to go and get the teacher so that she could stop the boy from throwing Margot into the closet. After they lock her in a closet, the teacher comes back and asks if everyone is there. The class says “yes” and walks out into the sunlight. If an upstander did not want to get involved when they put Margot in the closet because he or she were scared of being harmed, then he or she could say to the teacher that the rest of the class pushed her into the closet. This way, an upstander would not be in any physical danger but would still notify the teacher about the bullying.

I think that bullies everywhere should realize that what they are doing is wrong. I believe that bullying is horrible and cruel, and everyone should have someone to stand up for them.

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