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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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Leaders sing praises of unsung volunteers


Clyde Noel/Special to the Town Crier
Pictured from left are honorees: (front row) Lenelle Smith, Pat Ley, Nomi Trapnell; Suzanne Epstein and Bobbie Huston; (back row) David Struthers, Kristen Fuller, David Casas, Rochelle Bochner and Steve Lohr. Not pictured is honoree Allan Epstein. Lohr received special recognition for donating J. Lohr wine to the event for more than 15 years.

Town Crier Report

The Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Volunteer Service Awards Committee honored 10 local residents at its annual luncheon Friday.

The event recognized behind-the-scenes volunteers from both communities. Los Altos resident and longtime volunteer Duncan MacVicar served as keynote speaker, addressing the audience on the importance of giving back.

This year’s honorees and the organizations they serve are as follows:

• Barbara “Bobbie” Huston: Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade for more than 36 years, past Almond School PTA president, co-founder of Los Altos Community Foundation.

• Rochelle Bochner: Co-founder of Sky’s the Limit Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides funds to send at-risk youth to wilderness camps. She’s also on the boards of the Junior League of Palo Alto Mid-Peninsula and the Children’s Health Council in Palo Alto.

• Nomi Trapnell: Los Altos History Museum, American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Newcomers Club.

• Allan and Suzanne Epstein: Friends of the Library of Los Altos. Stanford Parents’ Club, Los Altos Hills Finance Committee, Westwind Community Barn.

• David Casas: Former Los Altos councilman, Community Health Awareness Council Board, Citizen’s Advisory Committee for Finance, Little League, Los Altos Fourth of July picnic chairman.

• Pat Ley: Los Altos Hills Environmental and Design Committee for 13 years, involved in town art exhibitions for 25 years, Los Altos Hills Water Conservation Committee.

• Kristen Fuller: Los Altos History Museum board; founded and organizes annual Train Days event.

• Lenelle Smith: Los Altos Library Endowment board, North County Library Authority Board, Los Altos Library Commission, Friends of the Library of Los Altos chairwoman.

• David Struthers: Los Altos Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, Los Altos Hills Finance Committee chairman, Friends of the Library of Los Altos and Community, Library Commission chairman, math tutor, California Native Plant Society, Hidden Villa.

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