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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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Foothill College men and women reach state semifinals in soccer

The Foothill College men’s soccer team’s sensational season could be described as an international effort.

The Owls reached the state semifinals for the first time in 27 years with a roster featuring 10 players from foreign countries.

“I feel that’s one of my strengths as a coach – blending players from different cultures,” said Tom Liner, who this month capped his 17th season at Foothill. “I played overseas for three years in Austria and understand what it’s like to be from a different culture than a lot of your teammates.”

The coach noted that Foothill has always attracted a large contingent of international students, so it’s not unusual to have several foreign players on the squad. This year’s roster included seven athletes from Sweden, two from Brazil and one from Austria.

Two of the Swedes – sophomore defenders Eric Bohlin and Robin Skarvik – have played together since age 10. Bohlin was recently named an All-American.

Freshman goalie Marcel Berghofer of Austria posted the best goals-against average in the state.

Leading scorer Edgardo Molina is from the area. The freshman from Menlo-Atherton High tallied 13 goals. He shared captain duties with Bohlin and Skarvik.

Skarvik’s goal off a corner kick in the 93rd minute lifted the Owls to their playoff-opening win, 1-0 over visiting Feather River. Seventh-seeded Foothill – in the postseason for the seventh straight year – then went on the road and beat American River 5-3.

The Owls’ next game was much closer. Foothill edged host Santa Rosa 1-0 on a shot by Brazilian forward Nikolas Ferro in the 89th minute.

The victory sent the Owls (14-4-5) to the state semis in Sacramento, where they faced four-time defending state champ Mt. San Antonio. After a scoreless first half, Foothill fell 2-1.

Soon after Bohlin’s late goal cut the Owls’ deficit in half, forward Octovio Perez nearly scored the equalizer.

“He missed by a foot to the keeper’s left with about five minutes to go,” Liner said.

Although this ranks as his most successful season, Liner won’t rate it higher than past years: “They’re all satisfying.”

He credited much of this year’s success to “the real family atmosphere” surrounding his team. He added that the aura extended to the women’s team, which advanced to the state semis as well.

“We like to think of it as one whole program as opposed to two teams,” Liner said.

The women reached the state final four for the first time.

“This was a special season for us,” coach Owen Flannery said of his 16-6-3 squad. “The girls were dedicated and very hardworking from the very first practice.”

The Owls upset two higher-ranked teams – Fresno and Cosumnes River – on their way to the semis, where they lost 7-0 to defending state champ Cerritos.

Sophomore forward Brittany Squarcia, a Homestead High graduate, led Foothill with 18 goals and 10 assists this season.

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