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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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New businesses open at Mountain View's Village at San Antonio complex


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Staff at the new Paul Martin’s American Grill hosted a “soft” opening Friday and the official debut Monday. The upscale eatery, located in the front of The Village at San Antonio Center facing San Antonio Road, serves classic American dishes.

Two new businesses are scheduled to open at The Village at San Antonio Center in Mountain View.

Paul Martin’s American Grill, located across from the Village Green and the newly opened public dog park, opened Monday.

Nekter Juice Bar, a vegan juice retailer, is slated to open in early 2014 at the corner of El Camino Real and San Antonio Road.

Paul Martin’s new 6,285- square-foot site, its sixth restaurant, accommodates 167 guests. The restaurant serves classic American food “with a twist,” in a warm, sophisticated setting, according to company officials.

A private dining area for 10 and a patio lounge that seats up to 50 complement the space.

Popular menu items include free-range “Brick” chicken with mashed potatoes and fresh herb jus, marinated skirt steak with grilled maple-bourbon sweet potatoes and arugula and the restaurant’s signature banana cream pie.

Restaurant officials said the Mountain View location will add 120 full- and part-time jobs to the local economy.

According to Nekter representatives, the juice bar’s success is based on “a simple blueprint for where fresh fruits and vegetables could get a daily workout while keeping prices accessible to all and uniting taste buds everywhere.”

Construction on The Village continues in the design and planning phases in conjunction with the city of Mountain View.

“We’re looking forward to completing the remaining portion of The Village, to fulfill the original vision of transforming an underutilized, auto-centric shopping center into a mixed-use village that brings jobs and tax-revenue while adding new entertainment, restaurants, movies and park space everyone can enjoy,” said Liz Munger of Merlone Geier Partners, developer of the project.

Apartments in the final building of The Village’s three-building residential component are being leased rapidly, Munger said.

The Village at San Antonio Center, located on approximately 20 acres bounded by El Camino Real, San Antonio Road and California Street, is three blocks from Caltrain.

For more information, visit thevillagesanantoniocenter.com.

Paul Martin's American Grill opens in Mountain View - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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