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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.

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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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LA's historic season comes to a close: Eagles fall to Mitty in regional final


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Meghan McDermott bumps the ball in last week’s NorCal final.

When the Los Altos High girls volleyball team looks back at this season, the players and coaches probably won’t dwell on their lopsided loss to Mitty in last week’s Northern California Division II final.

After all, few people expected them to hang with the Monarchs – ranked No. 1 in the nation – for a second time this year.

The Eagles are more likely to reflect fondly on the journey that took them farther than any team in school history.

“I think every single one of us, especially me as a senior, is going to look back at this and just be amazed at all we’ve accomplished this whole season and be proud of the team and the program we’re going to be building for the future,” co-captain Meghan McDermott said after the Dec. 3 match Mitty won 25-20, 25-12, 25-14.

While outside hitter McDermott, setter Hanna Koehler, opposite hitter Michelle Albright and libero Katie Tritschler won’t be part of that future – all four starters graduate in the spring – coach Peter Kim intends to return. He guided Los Altos to a 34-7 record this season, his third at the helm.

“This team has accomplished so much this year,” Kim said. “I’ll look back on it fondly and with a smile. It’s a great group of players, great admin, great parents. It’s been like a total family thing. Everyone’s going to remember this forever.”

Although the Eagles’ stellar season didn’t produce any championships – they finished second in their league, section and region – the squad achieved a new level of success. This is the first Los Altos team in any sport to advance to a NorCal final.

“I’m just super proud of these girls for getting to this point,” said Kim, whose team won two road matches to reach the final.

Stunning the defending state champs in their gym proved too tall a task for a Los Altos team not as tall – or as seasoned – as the Monarchs (40-4), especially with their kill leader back at full strength.

When the squads met in the CCS Division II final 10 days earlier, 6-foot-3 outside hitter Clare Powers played sparingly due to an ankle injury and the Eagles nearly pulled off the biggest upset of the playoffs. They took the top seed to five sets, twice serving for match point before Mitty eked out the victory.

Powers looked like a different player in the NorCal final, notching 12 kills and 14 digs.

“I think she’s a huge leader on the court and definitely a phenomenal hitter and passer,” McDermott said. “I think having her back on the court made the team jell a little bit better. That was a huge key for them tonight.”

Powers notched five kills in the first set, including the game-winner on a shot up the middle.

Teammate Alexa Dryer – who at 6-4 was the most imposing figure on the court – also tallied 12 kills, along with four solo blocks. The junior middle blocker scored three points in the Monarchs’ 8-2 run to start the match.

Los Altos fought back, however, tying the game at 17 on a crushing kill by outside hitter Carmen Annevelink. The junior recorded five of her team-high 11 kills in the first set.

The Eagles weren’t able to take the lead, though. Mitty scored the next three points – two courtesy of kills by Powers – prompting a Los Altos timeout. The Eagles responded with back-to-back points, the second on Tritschler’s ace.

With their lead narrowed to 20-19, the Monarchs called timeout. They regrouped and quickly regained control by scoring four straight points – the last on a far-corner kill by Powers. Los Altos mustered one more point, thanks to a Mitty service error, before Powers put the set away.

The Eagles scored the initial point of the second set on a Koehler ace for their first lead of the night. The teams traded points before the Monarchs went on a major run after Albright’s cross-court kill tied the score at 3. Los Altos used both its timeouts during the 12-2 spurt and didn’t get closer than nine points of Mitty the rest of the set.

The Eagles scored first in the third set on an Annevelink kill and notched another one on a perfect set from Koehler that gave them a 4-3 lead. The Monarchs answered with a six-point run and never trailed again. Los Altos got as close as 10-8 on McDermott’s kill down the left sideline. Mitty scored the next three points and soon pulled away.

“Like the great team they are, they really came out to play,” Kim said of Mitty. “They played super defense over on their side. If you don’t have the big guns like they do, it’s hard to compete with them.”

McDermott – who recorded three kills, two solo blocks and 12 digs in the match – agreed.

“Mitty has phenomenal players all around. They’re definitely a very strong team,” she said. “The only way we knew we could win was if we played together as a team and played loose. I think we didn’t have our best match of the whole season, but this match is not going to define our season. We had so many other incredible matches that we won and played really well, so I’m proud of us.”


2013 girls volleyball: Los Altos High School vs. Mitty in CIF Final - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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