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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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Dance speaks in CSMA's Artistic Intelligence autism program



Giancarlo, a student from the Morgan Autism Center, flies through a dance challenge at the Community School of Music and Arts’ Artistic Intelligence program. Teacher Ehud Krauss pairs movement, rhythm and beat with game play and group sequences. Eliza Ridgeway/ town Crier

Tucked away in the northernmost corner of Mountain View, the Community School of Music and Arts offers community classes and concerts, but its reach stretches beyond violin lessons and holiday performances.

For developmentally disabled students, CSMA’s Artistic Intelligence classes offer a window of the mind, as movement, music and art unlock expression in new ways.

Students from AchieveKids and the Morgan Autism Center were dancing at CSMA on a recent Tuesday morning, stretching and then popping up to snap and lean to a Michael Jackson song. The King of Pop in fact ruled the airwaves for much of the morning, as young people practiced rhythms and repeated movements, bouncing to the beat as they learned new sequences. Two Los Altos residents were among the students who played games as they danced, tossing balls, skipping over jump ropes and spinning rings in the air.

“I try to challenge them, not just to a dance routine,” teacher Ehud Krauss explained. “I throw something to see how they react – if they react, wonderful, if not, we change it.”

He said that building choreography and a curriculum for students with autism makes him a more thoughtful teacher, and that at the semester-end show, parents are sometimes stunned to see their children move in a way they never had at home.

“It takes a lot of love and vision,” Krauss said. “Music, dance and autism – they all go together. It’s amazing what the kids can do if you just encourage and support them.”

CSMA collaborates with three area social-service agencies to bring classes in music, dance and visual arts to more than 70 teens and young adults with autism and developmental and physical challenges. With help from donors like the Town Crier Holiday Fund, CSMA subsidizes the classes.

Children with autism can struggle with social interaction and communication, and CSMA’s courses provide an opportunity to practice social and creative skills outside a traditional curriculum.

“Disability can close you down – (in class), they get to open up and move across the floor,” Krauss said.

CSMA Art School Director Linda Covello described the students’ acts of art as “their voice, sometimes – taking them out of themselves and giving them a means of expressing.”

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