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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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Repeat no easy feat for Eagles


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Katie Munro dribbles up court against visiting St. Francis last week. The sophomore starts at shooting guard.

Taking over a team that placed first in its division last season doesn’t make this season any easier, according to Los Altos High girls basketball coach Jaclyn Brode. It’s just the opposite.

“I think it’s tougher to defend the title than win the title,” she said, “but I still like our chances.”

The Eagles won’t have to contend with the team they shared the SCVAL El Camino Division championship with – rival Mountain View has been promoted to the De Anza Division – but there are other challenges.

Los Altos is learning a new system of offense (up-tempo) and defense (man-to-man) while adjusting to life without all-league guard Ideen Seyed, who graduated in June. Last season she totaled 325 points – 128 more than the Eagles’ second-highest scorer.

Replacing Seyed’s scoring will likely take a team effort. Not one of the Eagles’ six returnees averaged more than eight points per game and their top newcomer won’t be available until January.

“We’re missing that 3-point threat,” said Brode, whose team is off to a 2-3 start.

Meg Enthoven, who started as a freshman last year, will be counted on for scoring and rebounding. She grabbed double-digit rebounds in Los Altos’ first two games and scored a season-high 10 points in a loss to Willow Glen Dec. 3.

“She’s fearless around the rim,” Brode said of the 5-foot-8 Enthoven. “She worked on her guard skills over the summer and now feels stuck between a guard and a forward, and we’re asking her to do both. It’s a lot to ask, but the effort is there.”

Fellow sophomore Katie Munro – another returnee – “got a lot better over the summer,” according to Brode, who wants the guard to take more shots. Munro paced the Eagles with nine points in Thursday’s 46-15 rout of Prospect.

Los Altos has already benefited from the return of forward Meghan McDermott, who missed the first two games because she was part of a Los Altos volleyball team that reached the Northern California final. The 5-foot-9 senior scored a game-high 19 points in last week’s 54-33 setback to St. Francis.

“Meghan keeps improving and is one of our better players,” Brode said. “She knows how to get open in the low post.”

McDermott isn’t the only two-sport athlete on the squad. Junior Rebecca Andrews is on the soccer team, which has a similar season as basketball.

“Soccer is her top sport, so she makes it (to basketball) when she can,” Brode said. “She has excellent footwork and is a great defender.”

Andrews and senior Kelly Hamamoto handle the point-guard duties.

Brode hopes to gain more backcourt scoring when Allegra Maeso joins the team. Due to transfer rules, the sophomore won’t be eligible to play until Jan. 6 – the day before the league opener at Santa Clara.

Although Los Altos struggled against Maeso’s former school, St. Francis, Brode wasn’t completely discouraged by how her team played in the Dec. 10 home game.

“We lost to them by 54 last year,” said the coach, an Eagles assistant a season ago. “They are St. Francis. We just didn’t do things consistently enough to keep up with them. We gave up a lot of offensive boards – they were getting third, fourth and fifth shots – and you’re never going to win doing that.”

Los Altos is scheduled to visit Aptos 7 p.m. Saturday.

2013 girls basketball: St. Francis High School vs. Los Altos High School - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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