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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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Frosty finish for Lancers: St. Francis' second-half struggles lead to loss in CCS final


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High coach Greg Calcagno consoles senior Alex Andrighetto as he walks off the field carrying the second-place trophy Saturday night. Los Gatos beat the Lancers 31-14, avenging last year’s loss in the CCS Division II championship game.

As the temperature dipped at Saturday night’s Central Coast Section Division II football final between St. Francis and Los Gatos highs, so did the Lancers’ offense.

After a stellar start, top-seeded St. Francis struggled to move the ball in the second half and the No. 2 Wildcats rallied for a 31-14 win at wintry Westmont.

“I don’t think we necessarily played a bad game – I honestly think it just came down to a couple of plays,” quarterback Will Fischer-Colbrie said. “I don’t think the score really reflects how good of a team we are.”

The defending champion Lancers (9-4) looked good early. They scored on the game’s opening drive, a string of successful runs highlighted by halfback Alex Andrighetto’s 32-yard scamper to the 1. The senior reached the end zone a play later.

St. Francis struck again just before halftime when Fischer-Colbrie plunged across the goal line on a 2-yard keeper. Patrick Fordham’s extra point pushed the Lancers’ advantage to 14-10 with 29 seconds remaining.

St. Francis carried that lead into the second half but not for long. On the second play from scrimmage, Los Gatos quarterback Nick Bawden heaved a 70-yard touchdown pass to speedy receiver Corey Olivet, beating one-on-one coverage in the middle of the field. That marked the longest play of the night, besting the 63-yard touchdown the pair combined for on a trick play in the second quarter.

The Wildcats’ 17-14 lead held up until the fourth quarter, with the Lancers failing to capitalize on a chance to tie the game. Facing a fourth-and-two situation at the Los Gatos 19, St. Francis opted for a 36-yard field goal attempt with 2:41 left in the third. Fordham’s kick was blocked at the line of scrimmage and the Wildcats recovered at their own 6.

This led to a devastating drive by Los Gatos (10-3), eager to avenge last year’s 17-0 loss to the Lancers in the CCS final on the same Westmont field.

Behind tough running by bruising halfback Joey Wood (137 total yards rushing) and five passes for first downs by Bawden (13 of 25 passing for 281 yards), the Wildcats marched 94 yards on 17 plays. They scored on Bawden’s 1-yard keeper, with the extra point extending the lead to 24-14 with 7:34 to play.

With time winding down, St. Francis had little choice but to pass – and Los Gatos knew it. They came after Fischer-Colbrie, who didn’t attempt a pass in the first quarter and completed only one in the second, sacking him on back-to-back plays on the Lancers’ next series to force a punt.

“We rely so heavily on our run,” said Fischer-Colbrie, who finished 8 of 16 passing for 96 yards. “I think our passing attack is extremely capable, but we just didn’t come up with big plays.”

Los Gatos scored eight plays later on a 9-yard run by Wood, leaving St. Francis with only 2:16 to overcome a 17-point deficit.

The Lancers produced half of their six first downs in the second half on the ensuing drive, their last of the game. Fischer-Colbrie completed five straight passes during the series – four to receiver Trillion Hebert – before St. Francis turned the ball over on downs.

After a few kneel downs to run out the clock, the Los Gatos celebration began. The Wildcats – winners of 10 of their last 11 games – were in no hurry to leave the field, despite the 39-degree temperature.

“Hats off to Los Gatos,” Fischer-Colbrie, said. “They’re a great team and they’ve had an extremely successful season – especially the second half. I played them for three years at Mountain View, so I know what they’re capable of.”

Fischer-Colbrie, who transferred to St. Francis from Mountain View this year, is proud of what the Lancers accomplished this season under new head coach Greg Calcagno– even if it didn’t culminate in the championship.

“There’s been such a huge learning process and we’ve come so far, especially with some really close losses to some of the best West Catholic (Athletic League) teams,” the quarterback said. “It’s coach Calcagno’s first year and he’s got a really bright future ahead of him for his career. ... It was a great season.”


2013 football: St. Francis High School vs. Los Gatos High School in the CIF Division II Finals - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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