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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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Robinson earns All-America honors in two sports


Courtesy of Sarah Robinson
Sarah Robinson ranks among the best distance runners and soccer players in the nation.

Sarah Robinson is not only a standout soccer player and distance runner – the Los Altos Hills resident may also be a trailblazer for earning national honors in both sports this month.

“She’s likely the only person in the country, I feel pretty confident, to be an All-American in cross country – based on her finish at NXN (the Nike Cross Nationals) – and soccer at the same time,” said PattiSue Plumer, Robinson’s cross-country and track coach at Gunn High. “It’s rather amazing.”

Within days of finishing 11th at the national meet in Portland, Ore., the senior was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Youth Girls All-America Team for the second year in a row. Robinson verbally committed to Stanford University for soccer when she was a sophomore and has played midfield on the under-17 women’s national team.

While she still ranks soccer as her No. 1 sport, running isn’t far behind.

“I do like them both,” Robinson said, “and I think they complement each other well because I get the speed work from soccer and the endurance training from running.”

The humble and hardworking 17-year-old wasn’t able to run for Gunn last fall due to her soccer commitments, but the year away didn’t slow her down this season. Robinson only got faster.

She won the Central Coast Section Division I race in 16 minutes, 59 seconds – the sixth-fastest time ever recorded by a girl on the 2.95-mile course at Crystal Springs. Robinson then placed fourth in the Division I race at state, running a 17:16 on the 3.1-mile course at Fresno’s Woodward Park. Only one girl from the CCS has run faster at the meet.

Robinson’s effort earned her an invitation to the Dec. 7 national meet at the Portland Meadows Race Track, where she ran the 5-kilometer course in 17:51.8.

“The Nike national meet was a great experience. I didn’t really have any goals or expectations going into the meet other than to just have fun with it,” Robinson said. “I finished 11th, making the All-American team, which was really exciting. The field was so strong, so I was pleased with making the All-American team.”

Robinson isn’t playing soccer for Gunn this winter, but she does intend to represent the school in track next spring. That’s good news for the Titans’ track coach.

“She’s one of a kind,” Plumer said. “I feel reasonably certain I may never be privileged to coach someone like her ever again.”

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