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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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MV edges LA in boys hoops


pecial to the Town Crier Mountain View’s Corey Fitz shoots over Pinewood player Kyle Murphy in last week’s game, the season opener for both basketball teams. Pinewood prevailed 31-21. The Panthers and Spartans each took third at a tournament last weekend.

The Mountain View High boys basketball team has found points hard to come by this season, but the Spartans didn’t need many to beat rival Los Altos.

Mountain View edged the Eagles 37-36 Saturday in the third-place game at the Cupertino Tournament. The Spartans – who four games into the season have yet to exceed 40 points – made six shots in the first half, but they were all 3-pointers.

Los Altos coach Bob McFarlane said his squad “came out sluggish” before battling back in the second half behind better defense. The Eagles were in position to make the game-winning shot, but they botched the inbound pass with 1.5 seconds left.

Los Altos, which upset Bellarmine 52-47 Friday behind Joey Malgesini’s 16 points, fell to 1-2. The Spartans improved to 2-2.

Pinewood, which opened the season with a 31-21 home win over Mountain View Dec. 3, finished third in the Redwood Classic last weekend in Booneville.

The Panthers went 3-1 in the tourney, beating Bentley 64-44 in the third-place game behind Greg Naumann’s 26 points.

Girls basketball

Pinewood blasted Homestead 67-15 Thursday in the season-opening Lynbrook Tournament.

The Panthers jumped to a 35-6 lead by halftime and didn’t allow the Mustangs to score more than five points in any quarter.

Leeana Bade scored 13 points for Pinewood; Monique McDevitt and Chloe Eackles added 12 each.

Mountain View opened its season with a 41-36 loss to Lowell Dec. 4 in the Mills Tournament. Jayme Hughes tallied 10 points to pace Mountain View.

Third-quarter troubles doomed St. Francis in a 67-55 season-opening loss at Scotts Valley Dec. 4. The Lancers were outscored 18-9 in the period.

Daisha Abdelkader totaled 14 points for St. Francis and Dagney Duncheon contributed 10.

The Lancers rebounded Saturday, defeating Skyline 48-39 behind Adriana Frazier’s 17 points.

Los Altos secured its first win of the season Thursday, defeating Christopher 51-26 on the road. Rebecca Andrews scored 11 points for the Eagles (1-1); Meghan McDermott and Katie Munro contributed nine each.

Girls soccer

Los Altos split its first two games of the year, following a 3-0 loss to Woodside Dec. 3 with a 9-1 shellacking of Mills Saturday at the Burlingame Tournament.

Freshman Emily Pye tallied three goals and junior Allie Crum scored two.

St. Francis opened its season with a 7-0 rout of Scotts Valley Dec. 4. Annie Kingman and Sophia Villalta each scored twice.

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