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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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Panthers put up 80 in victory


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Pinewood School guard Marissa Hing puts up a shot in Friday’s game against Valley Christian-Dublin. She scored 12 points.

Friday’s rematch of girls basketball teams that met in the Northern California Division V semifinals – Pinewood School and Valley Christian-Dublin – featured virtually the same players as last year, but the score was vastly different.

Pinewood won again, only this time it wasn’t close. The host Panthers prevailed 80-41 over the Vikings, who never led in the non-league contest. Eleven players scored for Pinewood, paced by sophomore Chloe Eackles’ 13 points.

“We shot well tonight,” said coach Doc Scheppler, whose team made only 10 of 47 shots from the field in the 37-30 win at Valley Christian last March. “That’s how we can play. It’s not like we played a terrible team. To beat them by that much shows we’re pretty good.”

Each team entered Friday’s game with just one loss and surely could meet again in the NorCal playoffs. The Panthers, off to an 11-1 start, have set their sights on returning to Sacramento for another shot at the state crown.

“We’ve improved so much from last year,” Pinewood senior Leeana Bade said. “I think we can make it to state this year and hopefully we win this time.”

If the Panthers continue to play like they did Friday, that’s a distinct possibility.

“We’ve been playing a lot like this lately,” said Bade, whose stat line included four points, seven rebounds, two assists and three steals. “This is how we should always be playing.”

Pinewood jumped to a 9-0 lead just 2 1/2 minutes into the game. Monique McDevitt started it off by burying a baseline 3 and Eackles dropped in a pair of treys from the top of the key.

By quarter’s end, McDevitt drilled another 3 and Gabi Bade (Leeana’s younger sister) knocked one down as well. Coupled with layins from Kendahl Wallis-Lang and Leeana Bade, the Panthers led 19-12.

Pinewood, which nailed five of its eight shots from 3-point range in the opening quarter, made three more in the second to pull away from Valley Christian (9-2). Eackles, Gabi Bade and freshman Priya Sundaresan connected from 3 on consecutive possessions, part of a 16-0 run featuring points from six players.

Point guard Marissa Hing capped the spurt by scoring three points the hard way – making a layin after getting knocked to the floor, then hitting the free throw. This put Pinewood ahead 36-14 with 3:07 remaining in the half.

“By and large, we got shots, got to the rim and finished plays,” Scheppler said. “That’s a classic Pinewood game.”

The Panthers closed the half with a layin by freshman Akayla Hackson just before the buzzer. Hing set it up by driving the lane, attracting the defense’s attention, before dishing the ball to Hackson under the hoop.

Hing totaled six assists, 12 points and four rebounds.

“Marissa was awesome,” Scheppler said.

Ahead 42-21 at intermission, Pinewood pushed its advantage to 27 points by the end of the third quarter on Hing’s right-side trey with two ticks left.

The Panthers turned to their bench for much of the fourth, playing four freshmen at times. All of them scored in the quarter and Sundaresan finished the game with 11 points.

“I think I was most pleased by our group in the fourth quarter,” Scheppler said. “They didn’t let down – they got shots and defensively did a great job against their starters that were still in the game. Our freshmen came in and did a great job.”

Pinewood is scheduled to host International 6:30 p.m. today – its final tune-up before starting West Bay Athletic League play.


2013 girls basketball: Pinewood School vs. Valley Christian - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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