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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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Students raise money for Haitian school


Los Altos High School’s Haiti Solidarity Club continues to support its sister school in Haiti with fundraising events and trips to assist with construction of a new school.

SOPUDEP (Society of Providence United for the Economic Development of Port-au-Prince), the Haitian-founded and -run grassroots social agency, provides free, accessible education to adults and children and supports economic empowerment for the poor. Its goal is to use the power of education to improve the quality of life for the poorest members of the community and instill pride and hope for a better future.

The SOPUDEP School serves more than 800 low-income children from prekindergarten through 12th grade. Haitian Réa Dol founded the school, part of a broader local initiative that also supports Haitian women’s rights and economic independence.

The Los Altos High club is actively involved in supporting the school by learning about Haitian culture, history and politics and engaging the Los Altos community in their cause.

The connection between Los Altos High and SOPUDEP began in 2010 when students sought ways to help with relief efforts after an earthquake devastated the Caribbean nation. Seth Donnelly, Los Altos High civics teacher and member of the Haiti Action Committee, knew Dol from his many trips to Haiti.

Donnelly led the first delegation of students that traveled to Haiti to provide direct aid and help with construction of a new SOPUDEP School.

Since 2010, Los Altos students have raised more than $200,000 through rummage sales, silent auctions, concerts and other community events. Their efforts have provided the main source of funding for both the purchase of land and ongoing construction of the SOPUDEP School, according to Donnelly. Over the years, seven delegations and more than 100 Los Altos High students have traveled to Haiti to deliver donations and assist with construction.

Barry Groves, superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, traveled with Donnelly and 24 Los Altos High students to Haiti last February.

“My sojourn to Haiti was the most impactful experience of my 35-plus years in education,” he said. “The Haitians are so needy and at the same time remarkably appreciative and willing to do whatever it takes to improve their lot in life. I am so proud of the work that our students are doing.”

Another delegation of 28 students is slated to travel to Haiti next month.

Members of the Haiti Solidarity Club have scheduled a silent auction 2-4:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at First & Main Sports Lounge, 397 Main St., Los Altos. All funds raised go directly to support SOPUDEP and other programs that promise a better future for Haiti.

To donate to SOPUDEP, visit sopudep.org, click “Donate” on the program line and select your choice of organizations. Reference “SOPUDEP Los Altos HS” in the program line.

For information on the silent auction, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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