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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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Letters to the Editor

Sheriff’s cadet program helps students

Marlene Cowan’s article on Sheriff Laurie Smith mentions the invaluable role the Sheriff’s Office plays in promoting the safety of Los Altos Hills, Cupertino and Saratoga (“County sheriff Smith reviews long career, touts public-safety record,” Dec. 4).

Many of your readers may not be aware of another, less-publicized, service it provides: a cadet program for high school and college students who are interested in learning more about law enforcement.

This well-organized program meets regularly throughout the year, staffed by dedicated volunteer deputies and officers. It promotes discipline, values, respect, confidence and self-esteem for the students – all at no charge to them or the community.

An important bonus is the brotherhood fostered between the cadets, and the friendships with the members of the Sheriff’s Office, who become role models for how these young men and women want to grow up – whether or not they eventually decide to pursue a career in law enforcement.

I am very grateful to Sheriff Smith and her caring staff for all they do, including their dedication and generosity in giving their time and skills to help our children achieve their maximum potential.

Michael Rappaport

Los Altos

Local trees have ‘skin-diseased’ look

Has it occurred to anyone else that all of those tiny “points of light” that are wrapped around the trunks of local trees every year and, in some cases, all year long, give the trees a “skin-diseased” look as opposed to enhancing the natural beauty of the tree? Perhaps it is time to turn the page.

Josephine Campbell

Los Altos

Bullying starts with the parents

Concerning the problem of racial bullying at San Jose State University that recently made headlines, put the blame were it belongs.

Children are born with a clean slate regarding opinions and beliefs.

Their values are nurtured by what they are taught at home, from friends and at school.

These young men who bullied their black roommate were taught intolerance or they never would have done such horrible things.

Their parents are to blame and should pay restitution to the victim.

I think a fair fine would be $25,000-$50,000 per family. This would cover the victim’s college education, graduate school and perhaps law school if he wants to learn how to sue them.

Furthermore, these young men should be permanently barred from ever attending a California public institution: all UCs, CSUs and community colleges.

Why should my taxes help educate these ignorant, racially intolerant bullies? Their parents can send them to private schools, where perhaps they will learn something about respecting the rights of others. I was taught that in kindergarten in the Bronx a very long time ago.

Myra Orta

Los Altos

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