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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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ELFRIEDE “ELFIE” WIESENDANGER

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OBIT ElfriedeWiesendanger2

   
1/11/1927 – 11/19/2013
Resident of Los Altos

On November 19, 2013 we lost a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and overall terrific human being after battling dementia for the last several years.

Elfie was born and raised in Switzerland and married her husband Hans in May, 1954. In 1955, Hans took a research position at UCLA and they immigrated to California. Elfie was pregnant with their first child Thomas, who coincidentally was the first baby born in the new UCLA hospital. While Hans’s assignment at UCLA was for two years, they fell in love with California and never went back home. In 1957 they moved to Mountain View and then to Los Altos in 1967.

Elfie was a stay at home mom raising 4 children, often singlehandedly as Hans often travelled internationally for work. While a credentialed kindergarten teacher in Switzerland, she went back to school and received her Library degree from Foothill College. As the kids grew up, in 1974 Elfie hired into the Germanic Studies area of the Green Library at Stanford University. She loved to sing and was a member of the Stanford Symphonic Choir for over 10 years. Elfie retired from Stanford after 20 years and in 2004, Elfie and Hans move to Vi in Palo Alto to enjoy their senior years.

In addition to singing, Elfie loved classical music, fine art, entertaining, knitting and raising flowers. She took art appreciation classes well into her 60’s. Elfie was a very strong woman swimming every day or walking to keep fit. She doted on her grandkids taking them to the park, the ballet, movies and playing games with them. Elfie and Hans were members of the Peninsula Swiss Club for over 30 years.

Elfie was preceded in death by her youngest son Felix Paul, who passed away in 1991, after a lengthy illness. During that period she was a tremendous, devoted care giver to Felix ensuring his final days were as comfortable as possible.

Elfie is survived by her husband Hans of 59 years, her son Thomas and his wife Dodi from Zurich Switzerland, her Daughter Brigitte and her husband Eric Imhof of Pinole, CA and son Mark and his wife Judy, of Danville, CA and her beloved grandchildren Sarah and Jonas Wiesendanger living in Zurich, Switzerland; Eric Pierson Imhof in Pinole, and Christina and Kathryn Wiesendanger in Danville.

While we mourn her loss here on earth, we are thankful that she did not suffer and that now after 22 long years, she is reunited with her son Felix Paul.

A celebration of life will be held at 2p.m. on January 11, at the Vi located at 620 Sand Hill Road in Palo Alto, CA. The family is especially grateful to the wonderful staff and caregivers at the Vi, who were always very warm and compassionate, and always had a smile on their face.

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