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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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Hang on to your books

I had a crippling dream recently. What if I couldn’t instantly access the answer to anything in the world I wanted to know?

I could go on and on about what-ifs, all ultimately tied to: What if my computer quit working? What if all the computers and servers that provide instant everything quit working? I will not elaborate on the way this might happen (we all know and appropriately fear the dreaded cyber attack), but what if it did? I can imagine a return to books. Think how valuable they could become – especially those encyclopedias and dictionaries.

Throughout history, prior to the technology revolution, the oral tradition (storytelling) and then the written word sustained our knowledge of just about everything. I remember how satisfying it was to go to the library and pull out the encyclopedia I needed to dig into for a class assignment about bugs or ancient Egypt. It was time-consuming and took real effort. But in that effort, learning became a true process – not just a minimal flick of my fingers as I typed a question into the Google toolbar.

The older I get, the more fleeting the information is in my brain. It’s just not as “sticky” as it used to be. My guess is that in today’s world, we are bombarded by so much information that we simply run out of byte space, so the minute we get the content we want, off it goes to who-knows-where to make room for the next bit of minutia coming our way.

But if I have to do some actual work, like reading a book to “learn” something (not just know it for a second or two, and never actually use that information), then I remember it. It also helps because we remember the book itself, how big it was and the color, etc. The feel of it becomes linked to the knowledge.

A cluttered mind is a scary place: I am anxious about what I don’t know yet but feel like I need to know to control my universe and, at the same time, housing all kinds of useless information that works itself out as worry. So, I am resolved to live more on a need-to-know basis by resisting the insane inclination to check my cellphone and email every second I am not engaged in an activity tied directly to my survival.

Perhaps I’ll take up reading poetry from a book, which takes some time to actually absorb and understand. And think how entertaining I will be to my friends and loved ones. Maybe, when they start talking about the frightening condition of the world and the imminent demise of our ecosystem, I’ll simply reply in my new Zen demeanor, “A rose is still a rose by any other name …,” at which point they will no doubt slowly back away as they Google on their cellphones “how to tell when your friend is losing it.” I’ll let you know how this works out for me.

Sharon Lennox-Infante is a Certified Life Coach who lives and works in Los Altos. For more information, visit sharonlennox.com.

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