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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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JOHN J. (JACK) STROUD

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John J. (Jack) Stroud, age 86, passed away on Sunday December 8th, 2013 at the Forum in Cupertino California. Jack fought a valiant battle against cancer for the past 6 months. Jack was born on March 15, 1927 in Highland Park, Ill to Fred J. Stroud and Helen Graham Stroud. Jack had an older brother, Fred who was killed during the Second World War - and a younger sister, Carol who predeceased Jack.

Jack attended Highland Park High School and was a very talented athlete – lettering in baseball and basketball. Following high school, Jack joined the Navy and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and later served in the reserves.

Following the war he returned home and attended the University of Illinois. Jack joined the Kappa Sigma House and was elected President of the fraternity. He graduated with a degree in business in June of 1950. It was there he met Nancy (on a blind date) and they were married in September of 1950.  

Jack took much pride in his alma mater following the Illinois football and basketball programs. Finding fellow Illini throughout his life brought him great joy as he so enjoyed meeting fellow alums around the country.

Jack joined Gould Battery and later the White Cap Co. where he went on to spend the next 30 years of his career.

The early years were spent in Winnetka, Ill. This is where Jack & Nancy started their family and Jack was proud to be a Deacon of the First Presbyterian Church.

After an 8 year stop in Pittsford, NY, Jack & his family moved to Los Altos, California where he established a home and a west coast offices for White Cap.

Jack became a leader in the packaging industry – with many customers and peers calling on him for his in-depth understanding of the industry. Jack worked hard and was passionate about his work and the customers he serviced. Jack retired in 1985 as the west coast Regional Sales Manager.

Following his retirement, Jack was able to focus his energy on the sport and passion he truly loved – golf. Jack spent many years leading the Senior Golf Association at Los Altos Golf & Country Club, organizing tournaments against the many fine clubs in No. California. He also served in several capacities, including President, of The Northern California Golf Assn. This provided Jack the pleasure of playing some of the best courses in California while testing his skills and competing against the other golfers in the area. Jack did this for many years endearing himself to so many other golfers in the area that shared his passion for the sport.

Throughout his life journey was Jack’s wonderful wife of 63 years – Nancy. Nancy was often by his side at so many events – from business conventions to Sundays at the golf course. They were a wonderful couple with many life-long friends. 

Jack had a wonderful sense of humor. People gravitated toward him as his demeanor was one of inclusion – never poking fun at others. His wit, integrity and genuine caring of others were obvious and greatly appreciated by all. 

His leadership qualities could never stay hidden for long as he was usually the center of the conversation, providing thoughtful insights, while welcoming others participation.

Jack had a remarkable knack for remembering everyone’s name and always made it a point to greet them as such. Just one of many ways he endeared himself to others and made friends so easily.

Jack was also a wonderful family man, helping raise three children – Tom, Susan and Steve.

His grandchildren brought the most joy.  

Jack would spend hours on end with the kids – taking them to the park, the movies, buying ice cream – or just playing together in the pool. They kept him young and he could re-live his childhood with each of them. He was a wonderful grandfather and truly admired and beloved by his grandkids.

He is survived by his wonderful life partner, Nancy of 63 years. 

Son, Tom and fiancée Lori Arthur of Menlo Park, CA; daughter Susan of Los Altos, CA; and son, Steve and wife, Cathy of San Antonio, TX.   

Grandchildren Allison and Charlie Carnegie of Greenwich, CT; Jennifer Sovey of Seattle, WA, Jaclyn Stroud of New York, NY and Daniel Stroud of San Antonio, TX.

A celebration of life is scheduled on Sunday December 22nd at 2:00 p.m. in the Sierra Room at The Forum at Rancho San Antonio in Cupertino, CA.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting tax-deductible donations be made to either: The Cancer Center Survivorship Program at El Camino Hospital Foundation, El Camino Hospital Foundation, 2500 Grant Road PAR 116, Mountain View, CA 94040

Or The Northern California Golf Association (N.C.G.A.), NCGA Foundation - PO Box 1157, Pebble Beach, CA 93953. Kindly note the donation that the donation is in memory of Jack Stroud.

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