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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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Ready, set, 'Let's Do This!' : SFMOMA and Town Crier invite creativity


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Ethan Lang of Los Altos creates a mind map in response to SFMOMA’s “Let’s Do This!” project.

People react to modern art much like taste buds respond to different foods – some people hate brussels sprouts while others can’t get enough of them.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s “Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley” may or may not be someone’s cup of tea, but a series of art projects in January invites local residents to stir up creative concoctions flavored to their taste.

During a monthlong live art project in January titled “Let’s Do This!,” residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and the greater Bay Area are encouraged to make their own art in response to a series of prompts.

Developed by “Project Los Altos” artists, the weekly calls to action are scheduled to be published as two-page spreads in the Town Crier every Wednesday in January, and online at sfmomalive.tumblr.com.

Regardless of age or artistic inclination, the prompts offer challenges to which anyone could respond.

“One of the main goals was to use a traditional medium like the newspaper – which by all accounts is widely read and revered by Los Altans – to create a space for anyone and everyone to explore, participate and feel more connected to the art on view in Los Altos that went beyond looking at the works in the exhibition,” said SFMOMA Public Programs Associate Gina Basso of the collaboration.

On week one, former Los Altos High School art teacher Charles Garoian will urge Town Crier readers and other participants to unplug from their devices and see what happens when their world is devoid of digital chatter.

Artist Chris Jankowski’s prompt will feature a competition to invent a new language that embodies the cultural identity of Silicon Valley.

As each prompt is completed, participants are invited to document their experiences through photos, videos, writing or another medium of their choice.

Each week SFMOMA and the Town Crier editorial team will collect responses via email, Twitter, Facebook, mail or hand-delivery to the Town Crier office. The Town Crier staff will compile all responses for display online, and a selection of the most creative, interesting and/or visually stimulating entries will be published in the print version of the paper.

“While the projects are really a seedbed of ideas or suggestions for creating art and performance, in the end it comes to life through public participation, and we hope your readers (and anyone else) will feel inspired to participate,” Basso said.

For a peek at the prompts and how the first participants are responding, visit sfmomalive.tumblr.com/.

Families participate in SFMOMA's "Lets Do This!" - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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