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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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Rubin replaces Hall as head coach of St. Francis girls volleyball team


St. Francis High administrators didn’t have to look far to find their next varsity girls volleyball coach – he was already on campus.

They announced Dec. 16 that Mike Rubin, a physics teacher who has coached the varsity boys volleyball team and freshman girls squad, will run the girls program. Rubin replaces Leahi Hall, who stepped down after five seasons as head coach.

“We are extremely excited about the appointment of Mike Rubin as our new head girls volleyball coach,” athletic director Michael Pilawski said in a press release. “Mike has done amazing things with our boys program and has been an integral part of our girls program the past two years. Mike’s knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for our school and our tradition will surely continue the great success of our girls program both on and off the court.”

Rubin will continue to run the boys team, which plays in the spring. In his 10 years at the helm, the Lancers claimed two Central Coast Section championships and four West Catholic Athletic League titles. He was named a CCS Honor Coach in 2009.

“I am honored that the athletic department and the administration have given me the opportunity to lead the St. Francis girls volleyball team” Rubin said in a press release. “As the head coach, I look forward to continuing the tradition of athletic excellence and dedication that has strengthened the St. Francis community for many years. Our goal is to continue to build a program that consistently competes for CCS and state championships through teamwork and diligence.”

Rubin takes over a team that went 24-13 this year and was swept by Los Altos in the CCS semifinals. The Lancers last won CCS in 2011 and captured a state crown in 2010, Hall’s second season as coach.

Although Hall will no longer lead the Lancers, she isn’t leaving St. Francis.

“Leahi is still working at the school and that continues to be her plan at this time,” Pilawski said when the Town Crier asked why she resigned. “The decision to leave was purely her decision at this time.”

Girls soccer

Prospect scored on an indirect free kick with 10 minutes left to beat host Pinewood 1-0 Dec. 17.

“We should have won this game, since we had the better chances, but we could not convert,” said coach Michael Tetzlaff, whose Panthers slumped to 1-5.

Girls basketball

The Los Altos girls (4-3) won the King’s Academy Tournament by beating Prospect, Aragon and the host team by double-digit points. Three Eagles reached double figures in their 49-32 rout of King’s in the Dec. 14 final: Meg Enthoven (14 points), Katie Munro (12) and Meghan McDermott (11).

That same day, Mountain View claimed the Monta Vista Tournament with a victory over the host team. Jayme Hughes was voted MVP and fellow Spartan Cori Nishimoto made the all-tourney team.

St. Francis (5-2) didn’t fare quite as well in the Terra Nova Tournament final Dec. 14. The Lancers fell 56-43 to Santa Rosa, despite Adriana Frazier’s 16 points.

Boys basketball

Los Altos beat host Leland 65-49 in non-league action Dec. 16 behind 26 points from Joey Malgesini. Steven Garverick and Daniel Rosenbaum added 15 and 14 points, respectively, for the Eagles (4-4).

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